Essay about The Hunger Of Hunger Free Kids Act

1152 Words Nov 6th, 2014 5 Pages
Since 2010, when the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act became a law, school lunch programs have improved the nutritional quality of the meals served. Many changes have been made in Federal regulations and in individual school districts to ensure that students receive healthy meals and form healthy eating habits in an effort to prevent obesity and diabetes as well as many other weight related health problems. The requirements for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act were implemented into United States school systems in the 2012-2013 school year with the United States Federal Register stating: “A forthcoming study suggests that reducing dietary salt in adolescents could yield substantial health benefits by decreasing the number of teenagers with hypertension and the rates of cardiovascular disease and death as these teenagers reach young and middle age adulthood”(4,133). In response to that statement, sodium level requirements, for high school students, are set to decrease from 1588 mg per lunch to 1420 mg by the 2014-2015 school year, and the requirements will be lowered even further to no more than 740 mg per lunch by the 2022-2023 school year(4,098).
Another major change in the nutritional requirements is the increase in servings of fruits and vegetables. According to the United States Federal Register, “Schools would no longer be permitted to substitute between fruits and vegetables. . .ensuring that students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day”(4,111)..…

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