(ABCNews) – School meals, it’s where our kids get a third to a half of their daily nutrition.
As a parent, you want this food to be healthful. It hasn’t always been.
Too much fat and salt may make kids happy, but it also makes them heavy.
In recent years, health officials have been fighting the battle of the bulge.
Among them, First Lady Michelle Obama, advocating the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
And in 2012, the USDA setting up new guidelines for school cafeterias.
Researchers at Boise State University and the University of Illinois analyzed data on more than 4,600 elementary schools.
The good news: today’s schools put more fresh fruit, veggies and salads and less fried food on kids’ trays.
The bad news: improvements were not seen equally. Poorer schools were 21 percent less likely to have a salad bar.
And predominantly black schools 26 percent less likely than majority white schools to have fresh fruit.
While we have made some progress, there is still a lot on our plates when it comes to ensuring healthy meals for every child in school.