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The Trump administration proposed scrapping Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch policy on her birthday

Added 01-18-20 02:14:01am EST - “The timing was said to be unintentional. The new rules loosen vegetable and fruit requirements when schools feed their kids.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The Trump administration proposed scrapping Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch policy on her birthday”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

It was also the day that the US Department of Agriculture announced new rules regarding school lunches — rules that would roll back Obama's signature policies promoting healthy lunches.

Among Obama's portfolio of policy initiatives as first lady were those meant to curb childhood obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle. "Let's Move!" promoted exercise, and she advocated for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which passed in 2010.

The law "authorized funding and set policy for USDA's core child nutrition programs," according to the USDA. One of these was the National School Lunch Program, which feeds roughly 30 million children in the United States.

It set higher nutrition standards, encouraged more fruits and vegetables, and reduced sodium, saturated fat and trans fat intake.

The new, Trump-era rules are aimed at reducing food waste, the USDA said in a press release. The proposal would make "it easier for schools to offer school lunch entrees for a la carte purchase," allow "schools adjust fruit servings and making it simpler to offer meats/meat alternates," and would allow schools to "offer more vegetable varieties."

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