The Hunger-Free Kids Act

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Introduction The recent nutritional changes to the breakfast and lunch programs throughout the united states were implemented to help improve health and reduce childhood obesity rates amongst our children. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that was signed by the president in 2010 forced schools to update their food menus to meet the most current dietary nutrition standards as well as address childhood hunger. For these reasons, billions of dollars have been awarded to public and non-profit schools from grades K-12 for new food revenue that has helped our schools implement this new standard. NUTRITION and HEALTH IMPROVEMENTS With our economy feeling the raft of the recession we face today, in 2010 over 17 million households in the…show more content…
Play Hard" campaigns, and petitions like, change.org, forcechange.com and thelunchtray.com, these were all steps in the process of getting our kids the nutrition and health changes they needed. Now, that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has been implemented our schools now follow the following guidelines to ensure we are promoting a healthily eating and physical environment for our children. 1) We use a coordinated approach to develop, implement, and evaluate healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices. 2) Establish school environments that support healthy eating and physical activity. 3) We now provide a quality school meal program and ensure that students have only appealing, healthy food and drink choices offered outside of the school meal program, i.e. vending machines. 4) We have implemented a comprehensive physical activity program with quality physical education as the cornerstone. 5) We have implemented health education that provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and experiences needed for lifelong healthy eating and physical activity. 6) We provide students with health, mental health, and social services to address the affects that healthy eating has on you and how you can avoid chronic diseases. 6) We put all of our school stuff through healthy eating and physical activity wellness…show more content…
middle and high schools that still offer sugary drinks and less healthy foods for purchase. Students have access to sugary drinks and less healthy foods at school throughout the day from vending machines and school canteens, at fundraising events, school parties, and sporting events. Children born in 2000 have a 1-in-3 chance of developing type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. If the childhood obesity epidemic is not reversed, our society will bear the pain and cost of high rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and other obesity-related chronic diseases. This is why we have made the necessary steps to align our local schools with "The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" and revamping our breakfast and lunch menu so, our kids can get the nutrition they need along with the physical activity to be
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