3 Steps Schools Can Take Today for Healthy Meals
January 24, 2011
The time to act is now. We all have a role and a responsibility in healthy school meals even if we aren’t the cooks in the kitchen! Anyone at school can take at least one action today:
1. Make your voice heard.
- Comment on the USDA’s proposed changes to nutrition standards for school meals at www.regulations.gov. If you want to review the proposed changes, click here. A press release from USDA also outlines the changes which include MORE fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat and fat free milk; and LESS saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, and calories.
2. Make one simple change.
- The HKC best practice,School Foodservice Makes a Healthy Impact, shows that a simple menu addition of Ranch dressing and raw veggies can increase healthy veggie choices made by kids at lunch! Don’t think it’s that simple? Just start the conversation and you might be surprised what’s possible yet today!
3. Share a Tray of the Day for Success at School.
- Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, a dietitian and author of Nutrition for the Future blog, hosts the Facebook page School Meals That Rock. This is a place to share what is RIGHT with school nutrition in America. Share your “Tray of the Day” by sending a photo, with date served and a brief description of the meal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many, many more steps exist, but I hope you can start where you are today!