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Other Voices

02/03/2012 08:38:00 AM
The Packer staff

Oh yes, and there will be calorie counting, too.

“We want the food they get in school to be the same kind of food we would serve at our own kitchen tables,” said Mrs. Obama, who’s made childhood obesity one of her pet causes.

“When we send our kids to school,” said the first lady, “we expect that they won’t be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we try to keep them from eating at home.”

But do we try? ... 

Depending on government to serve up tasty, good-for-you vittles that kids will actually eat at anything other than gunpoint is like expecting valet parking and a free car wash at your local DMV.

The proper place to learn about nutrition is in the home. Pretend however you like, neither schools nor the government can magically make up the difference if parents fail to do their job.

The USDA’s new school nutrition standards are worth celebrating

The Atlantic — by Marion Nestle, Jan. 26

Michelle Obama and Tom Vilsack announced new nutrition standards for school meals yesterday, to what seems to be near-universal applause (the potato growers are still miffed, according to The New York Times).

The new standards are best understood in comparison to current standards. They call for:

  • More fruits and vegetables.
  • A greater range of vegetables.
  • A requirement for whole grains.
  • All milk to be 1% or less.
  • Only nonfat milk to be permitted to be flavored.

This may not sound like much. But given what it has taken USDA to get to this point, the new standards must be seen as a major step forward.

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