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Child nutrition legislation.

Congress has approved new legislation that will make historic and urgent improvements to the nation's federal child nutrition programs. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which President Obama has indicated he will sign in the coming days, dramatically improves the quality of meals children eat in school and in child care, increases the number of healthy meals available to children in need, and provides the first real increase in the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches in more than 30 years. It also eliminates junk food from schools by requiring schools to apply--for the first time--nutritional standards to food served outside the cafeteria. The legislation answers the President's and First Lady Michelle Obama's call to reduce childhood hunger and support school-based and community efforts to reduce childhood obesity. Improvements to child nutrition programs are a key pillar of the First Lady's "Let's Move" campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. (Note: Secretary Duncan's statement on passage of the legislation is available online.)
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Publication:ED Review
Date:Dec 10, 2010
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