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Schools to Beef Up Lunch Menus
December 10, 2012

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will amend its new school lunch rules to include more meat and grains. The move came in response to growing criticism of the rules, which took effect in September, from educators, nutritionists, and lawmakers.

Intended to address growing levels of childhood obesity levels, the new guidelines set school lunch limits on the number of calories and salt, as well as how much of a certain food group. A growing number of people, however, have reported that the smaller lunches weren't filling up students, especially student-athletes, and that the students were resorting to unhealthy food choices as a result.

The amendments to the rules will give schools the ability to limit the amounts of meat and grain in school lunches, meaning that the schools can increase that limit if they choose to do so.

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