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Michelle Obama's Healthy School Lunch Rules Rolled Back by Trump Administration

Promoting healthy eating and combating childhood obesity were also top priorities for Michelle Obama. | Photo: Getty Images

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that school meals would no longer have to meet some requirements connected with Mrs. Obama’s initiative to combat childhood obesity by overhauling the nation’s school menus. Nutrition advocates said the move by the Trump administration was shortsighted.

Since schools began complying with the nutrition standards in 2012, many have complained that they are too stringent and costly. The new rules were projected to cost $3.2 billion over five years, but Mr. Perdue said they had cost states an additional $1.22 billion in the 2015 fiscal year alone.

Sonny Perdue Signs School Lunch Program Proclamation

“If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition – thus undermining the intent of the program,” said Mr. Perdue, who announced the changes with a signed proclamation on Monday after having lunch with students at Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va. Mr. Perdue, a former governor of Georgia, was just confirmed last week.

“Just because children would rather eat heavily salted, processed foods at school doesn’t mean they should,” said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group. “The president’s fondness for Big Macs and KFC is well known, but we shouldn’t let Colonel Sanders and McDonald’s run the school cafeteria.”

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ABC News: Trump White House Scales Back School Lunch Guidelines

According to ABC News Correspondent Cecilia Vega, “Yeah, Robin, this is coming from the new Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue. He says that students essentially aren’t eating the food, they don’t like it. Cafeterias and schools have complained about it. So, hence, these changes.”

She noted the modest changes to the onerous regulations: “They would relax whole grain requirements. They allow 1% fat flavored milk back into school cafeterias. And then they relax these sodium limits…”


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http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/02/health/school-lunch-changes/USDA shifts Obama-era school lunch guidelines – CNN … community members to brainstorm, create and test healthy recipes that were designed to make a better school lunch. They entered those recipes into a national Recipes for Healthy Kids competition, part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move …



http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-school-lunches-20170501-story.htmlNew Agriculture secretary says he’ll roll back Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunches initiative – Los Angeles Times Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Monday that he would roll back part of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative: stricter nutritional standards for school lunches. Perdue, who became head of the agency last week, announced …



http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2017/05/01/healthier-school-meals/101151938/Gov’t relaxes healthy standard for school meals – The Detroit News The changes reflect suggestions from the School Nutrition Association, which represents school nutrition directors and companies that sell food to schools. The group often battled with the Obama administration, which phased in the healthier school meal …



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