Clayton County raises nutrition bar

1:16 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
(AP file)
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CLAYTON COUNTY -- Clayton County Public Schools announced changes to meals served in school cafeterias on Monday.

According to Clayton County Public Schools, school meals will consist of certain foods and portion sizes recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that works with the United States Department of Agriculture's New Meal Pattern. The new standards are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2011.

Clayton County said changes add more whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables to meals. Low-fat and fat-free milk, sodium reductions and trans-fats removal will also makes up the food change.

Along with menu changes at lunch, kids will learn the importance of choosing healthy options, eating multiple colors of foods and how to achieve optimum health.

The New Meal Pattern is expected to help reduce risk for diseases like obesity and type II diabetes.

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