Every day, millions of children in the United States eat school breakfast and lunch. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of misinformation around what kids are really being fed in schools.
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On Wednesday, June 26th from 4-5pm eastern, Representative Susie Lee (NV), the American Heart Association, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), and other members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) coalition will host a congressional briefing on school meals.
Healthy school meals help combat childhood obesity and poor cardiovascular health, but they also help establish a foundation for a lifetime of healthy behaviors. In fact, studies have shown that healthy school meals can help improve academic performance and even increase attendance in schools!
Unfortunately, in December of 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued their final rule on school nutrition standards which will result in children being served fewer whole grains and high levels of sodium. The American Heart Association helped organize this congressional briefing in an effort to highlight the importance of healthy school meals and combat myths that give healthy school meals a bad rap.
You’re the Cure (YTC) worked with the federal advocacy arm of the American Heart Association to identify advocates that could provide their expertise on child nutrition and share their personal story of why feeding children healthy school meals is so important to millions of parents across the country.
This event will educate congressional staff about what really is happening in school cafeterias across the country and the importance of preserving and strengthening the progress that has been made on school nutrition. Several Members of Congress are expected to attend and give remarks in support of healthy school meals.