School Lunch Program: Efforts Needed to Improve Nutrition and Encourage Healthy Eating

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Recent trends in children's health and eating habits are alarming. Over 15 percent of children are overweight--double the rate in 1980. Children's diets are high in fat but low in fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods. The National School Lunch Program has had a continuing role in providing students with nutritious meals. However, serving the meals is only the first step. Students must choose to eat the nutritious food and limit the less healthful choices. GAO was asked to report on the extent to which school ... continued below

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United States. General Accounting Office. May 9, 2003.

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Recent trends in children's health and eating habits are alarming. Over 15 percent of children are overweight--double the rate in 1980. Children's diets are high in fat but low in fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods. The National School Lunch Program has had a continuing role in providing students with nutritious meals. However, serving the meals is only the first step. Students must choose to eat the nutritious food and limit the less healthful choices. GAO was asked to report on the extent to which school lunches, nationwide, were meeting nutrition standards, and schools were encouraging healthy eating, what barriers selected schools faced in accomplishing this, and what innovative steps they had taken to overcome the barriers."

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United States. General Accounting Office. School Lunch Program: Efforts Needed to Improve Nutrition and Encourage Healthy Eating, report, May 9, 2003; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc294085/: accessed November 12, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.