(ABC News) — School lunches have been attacked in the past for being less than healthy, but it seems the offerings have turned a corner.
A CDC report shows school meals have become healthier, perhaps healthier than ever. Important, since health officials estimate that more than 30 million students get their midday meals from the National School Lunch Program.
Researchers looked at survey data from hundreds of schools across the nation, measuring how they are measuring up to nutrition standards set in 2012. The standards called for more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and less salt, aiming for changes over a 10-year period.
The changes have happened much more quickly. As of 2014, the proportion of schools meeting the bar had risen to 95-percent. For parents, a bit of reassurance that their kids can enjoy a nutritious meal at school.