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School lunch battle expected to be long haul

06/27/2014 12:50:00 PM
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“Ultimately this is about children’s health.” Kinner said, adding that some believe school nutrition is a national security issue. He turned to comments from retired Maj. Gen. Tracy Strevey Jr., the former commander of U.S. Army Health Services.

“More than one in five young Americans is too overweight to enlist (and that) is the leading medical reason why young adults cannot join the military,” Strevey has said. “Congress should resist efforts to derail continued implementation of science-based nutrition guidelines for school meals … together we can make sure that America’s child obesity crisis does not become a national security crisis.

DiSogra said another point United Fresh members should share with their legislators is that 19 former presidents of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) are on record as being opposed to waivers.

Guenther said United Fresh will take that message to the SNA convention this summer where the produce association will have a pavilion for the first time. He said United Fresh plans sessions on how to write produce “requests for proposals” as well as sponsoring an ask-the-experts area where school foodservice officials can get tips on how to maximize their produce budgets.

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J. Peterson    
Florida  |  June, 27, 2014 at 08:27 PM

I am all for serving fruits and vegetables, but I am not for forcing kids to eat as if they were ailing senior citizens. Foods should be seasoned to make them taste good and to cut down on waste. Foods in the trash can don't do anyone any good. A little salt and a little fat in the form of butter or cheese sauce or bacon can make vegetable eaters of kids who have never eaten their vegetables before. Serving greens with good cornbread, for example, might make the difference between kids learning to like greens and throwing them away. I grew up on a farm with lots of fresh vegetables but also with plenty of fried foods and plenty of exercise, and I was always healthy and not overweight.

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