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Study shows bagged school lunches lacking in nutrition

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 10•11

We can’t just look at lunches provided by schools, but bag lunches as well. We need to educate parents as to healthy options.

“New federal regulations proposed in the wake of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act could make school lunches lower in sodium, free of most trans fats and higher in whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

But as officials focus on improving the much-maligned nutritional profile of cafeteria food, the lunches toted to school each day in brown bags and lunch boxes have been flying mostly under the radar.

Kate Dorr, a registered dietitian and school lunch manager with the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, recently found that many bagged lunches sent to school with local students did not meet the same nutritional guidelines as lunches prepared in the school cafeterias.”

Study shows bagged school lunches lacking in nutrition

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