Tell lawmakers to keep school meals healthy
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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is a success. Since becoming law in December 2010, it has given America’s children access to healthier food options for breakfast, lunch, and throughout the school day. 95% of schools and diverse communities across the country are meeting the requirements and ensuring their students are getting a head start on a healthy lifestyle. A recent study showed that students are eating 16% more vegetables and 23% more fruit, all while getting less salt, fats, and sugar. A vast majority of parents – 72% -- support strong nutrition standards in schools. That’s why we need lawmakers to support strong school nutrition standards and protect these gains.
With many children getting 50 percent or more of their daily calories in school, making sure these foods are nutritious is critical, and studies show that kids who eat healthy do better in the classroom. But now special interests are working to chip away at the law. It started less than a year after the bill was signed, when Congress made it law that the tomato sauce on a pizza got to count toward a serving of vegetables under the new standards. That’s right – Congress legally declared that pizza was a vegetable. Other attempts have been made since then, and 2015 is no different. Now they want kids to have unlimited salt and to take away the half cup of fruits and vegetables that are currently served with every school meal.
Congress is debating whether to reauthorize the law this year and we need your support to build on these accomplishments. We must ensure our children are learning the healthy habits that will last them a lifetime. Please take action today and urge your lawmakers to support strong school nutrition standards.
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