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The Fight for Healthy School Meals

 

All this month, You're the Cure advocates across the country will be meeting with their lawmakers and pushing to keep school meals healthy. This past week, a group of constituents from Congressman John Kline’s district met in Minnesota to explain why we must protect the strong nutrition standards introduced by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Four kids and their moms who live in local school districts joined the meeting, as well as a Farmington elementary school physical education teacher and tennis coach, and a mother who had all five of her kids go through school under the old, outdated standards.

Each student emphasized the importance of schools continuing to serve healthier and more nutritious meals at breakfast, lunch, and throughout the school day. Seventeen-year-old Maddie and 12-year-old Colin led the way, explaining how their school introduces new fruit and vegetable dishes that students can sample and vote on to determine which will end up on their lunch trays. Elaine Larson, who raised all five of her kids in the congressman’s district, highlighted the need for schools to educate students not just in the classroom, but by what they serve in the lunch line. Carrie-Ann shared that before her kids’ school had the healthier standards in place, she would only let them get hot lunch twice a week, since the meals that they were being served would often include an entire day's worth of fat and sodium.

Show your support for all the advocates meeting with their lawmakers this month by taking action now at www.heart.org/ProtectSchoolMeals. By demonstrating power in numbers, we show the broad support for serving our kids healthy food now and giving them the healthy futures they deserve.

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