While there have been great strides in making healthier foods in schools a priority, there is still work to be done to ensure that students have access to healthy meals throughout their day.
The USDA’s updated school nutrition guidelines are a step in the right direction. Since these regulations went into effect, school meals now have less fat, sodium and added sugar, and more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-dairy products. That’s a major improvement from 10 years ago, when 42% of schools did not offer fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
For more information about the benefits of healthier school meals, take a look at this infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: