Sunday, September 23, 2007

New school rules help, but kids must learn to choose good foods

Has it happened in your school yet? Have apples and carrots replaced ice cream and brownies on your lunch tray? Have teachers told you not to bring cupcakes on your birthday? If you answered yes, you're not alone. Schools across the country have made tougher rules about food over the past several years. The changes reflect concerns about kids' eating habits and health. Two-thirds of Americans are now overweight, including nearly one in five kids ages 6 to 19. Doctors and parents are worried. Being overweight increases a person's chances of developing serious health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease. To combat the obesity epidemic, states have passed laws requiring schools to develop lunch programs that are nutritionally balanced. Read the full article.

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