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Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, December 5:
The Centers for Disease Control says about one in five children ages 6 through 11 and 18% of 12 to 19 year olds are obese. The number of obese young people is increasing.
The CDC also says that, "Schools play a critical role in improving the dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents. Schools can create environments supportive of students’ efforts to eat healthy...by implementing policies and practices that support healthy eating."
With that in mind, the federal government implemented guidelines for this school year that are designed to make school cafeteria lunches healthier. The menu has fewer calories, often smaller portions or not as much food, and more fruit and vegetables.
Funding for school lunches is tied to how schools comply with the guidelines. For schools that offer a high percentage of free or reduced priced lunches to students from families with lower incomes, that money is essential.
Many students across the country aren't happy with their school lunch choices and say they're often hungry shortly after they eat. Students at a high school in Kansas produced this video to show how hungry they are.
Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk will focus on the new regulations called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Pam Gallagher, the Coordinator of School Nutrition Services in the North Penn School District, will appear on the program.
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