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Fulton County School Nutrition Newsletter

 

  USDA Proposes Standards for Healthy Snack Options Sold in Schools          

This February, the public comment period has opened for the proposed new nutrition standards, as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, for all foods and beverages sold on school campus during the school day, outside of the School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs.  The proposed standards are intended to improve the well-being of students by creating an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits.  Highlights of the USDA proposal include:

  • Promoting more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy or protein foods as the main ingredient of foods sold.
  • Ensuring snack foods are lower in fat, sugar and sodium, while providing more nutrients.
  • Allowing variation by age group for beverage portion.
  • Significant transition period for schools and industry.  Standards do not go into effect until at least one full school year after public comment.

For more information on the proposed rule, visit:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/020113-qas.pdf 

 

 

February is American Heart Month

This American Hearth Month and all year, choose healthful meal and snack choices to prevent heart disease:

  • Eat plenty of fruits—School Breakfast and School Lunch offer a fresh fruit choice everyday!
  • Eat plenty of vegetables—Each day 2 veggies are offered as part of the School Lunch!  Fresh Salads and lettuce and tomato toppings are also available!
  • Eat foods low in saturated fat—both School Breakfast and School Lunch menus are planned to be low in saturated fat with less than 10% of calories from saturated fat.
  • Eat foods with no trans fat—both School Breakfast and School Lunch menus are planned with zero grams of trans fat.
  • Eat foods high in fiber—more than half of the grains on School Breakfast and School Lunch menus are whole grains, offering more fiber than ever before.  Combined with fruits and vegetables, including legumes, school meals are a great choice for fiber.
  • Limit sodium—limiting salt in your diet can help lower blood pressure.  You won’t find salt shakers or salt packets in school meals!

 Learn more at the American Heart Association: www.heart.org

 

 Upcoming Events

National School Breakfast Week March 4th—8th!

Stay tuned to learn how you can win prizes for eating a healthy school breakfast

Great Taste.  Low Price.  Excellent Nutrition.

 

 

     

Learn More About School Meals

Visit: www.fultonschools.org/dept/schoolnutrition