Healthier meals in schools

Jan 27, 2011

A new law passed by President Barack Obama promotes healthy eating in schools.

President Barack Obama recently implemented a new law that will improve the quality of meals in every school across the country.

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a $4.5 billion endeavor, will provide free meals for underprivileged children and allow the government to decide what foods can be offered in vending machines and at fundraiser events.

In particular, it will improve the quality of breakfasts, lunches and other foods sold in schools. Furthermore, nutritional programs like the Child and Adult Care Food Program will be implemented into all schools in hopes of strengthening the foundation of the healthy food movement. The bill is a response to the ever-growing obesity problem for children in America.

"We can agree that in the wealthiest nation on earth all children should have the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow," said Michelle Obama. "Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that children with obesity are at an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. A person's health affects them financially as well as physically, since they may realize lower life insurance premiums.

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