D.C Bill Aims at Shaping Kids Up

May 2, 2010  |  

(Washington Post) — The D.C. Council plans to give final approval Tuesday to school nutrition and physical education standards that would be among the strictest in the country, mandating that low-calorie and low-fat meals be served to about 71,000 students and eventually tripling the time they are required to spend exercising.

School menus would favor a locally grown tomato over a Tater Tot, and the bill would ban trans fats and limit sodium and saturated fats. City public and charter schools would have to meet the federal “gold standard” for lunches, which requires that a different fruit and vegetable be served every day and that only low-fat or non-fat milk and whole grains be offered.

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