Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010—a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign—the federal government is required to raise the nutritional standards in free- and reduced-price school meals for the first time in 15 years.
So what's changing? The new school lunch rules would:
- Require milk to be low-fat or skim. Flavored milks must be nonfat.
- Mandate more fruits and veggies
- Set calorie limits for meals (for the first time ever)
- Require that breakfasts include a grain and a protein (instead of one or the other)
- Ban trans fats
- Lower the amount of sodium in school meals over the next decade—with an eventual goal of cutting sodium levels by half
- Eventually require most grains served in schools to be whole grains