USDA announces new nutrition standards
for National School Lunch Program.
On January 25, 2012 The USDA announced the New School Nutrition Meal Standards that align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new standards will require schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce levels of sodium, saturated fats and trans fat in meals; and reduce calorie levels of school meals per age group. These changes to the school meal programs, with the help of a healthy diet at home are expected to enhance the diet and health of school children, and mitigate the childhood obesity trend. In Cañon City Schools we are pleased to say that over the years we have made systematic changes to our program that have already provided our students with the foods and nutrition that the USDA is now recommending. We have increased availability of fresh produce, made at least 1/2 of our grains whole, offer only low-fat or fat-free milk, and we have reduced sodium, fat levels and calorie levels. While the transition to fully implement the new standards during the 2012-2013 school year will require some more work and add extra costs to our program, we are proud of our current program and our anxious to continue to improve for the benefit of our customer....the students.
Final Rule of USDA Meal Standards