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School lunches: Less fat, but more choices


Date published: 12/2/2012

School lunches: Less fat, but more choices

In regard to "Cafeteria food: Yuck" [Nov. 14], my first thought to this would be, pack your lunch if you don't like what is being offered. Second, schools provide many more options today than 20 years ago, and the men and women in food service work hard to provide healthy meal choices.

I guess if you have issues with the choices being offered, you should write a letter to first lady Michelle Obama. In 2010, she announced an ambitious national goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity. Major school food suppliers voluntarily committed to meet the Institute of Medicine's recommendations within five years to decrease the amount of sugar, fat, and salt in school meals; increase whole grains; and double the amount of produce they serve within 10 years. Naturally, these changes do make food taste less appealing.

Bottom line is, don't blame the food service workers and the food suppliers. Instead, thank the first lady.

Melissa Rankins

Spotsylvania