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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Nutrition and schools

Resources for improving the school nutrition environment – presented by the Board of Health School Obesity Prevention Committee to help support school wellness policies in King County.

What's New with School Meals?

There are some exciting changes in King County school cafeterias and across the country! The United States Department of Agriculture has new nutrition standards for National School Lunch and Breakfast based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Major changes in school meals include offering a wider variety of fruits and vegetables and having students take 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable for a complete meal. This will help students meet recommendations to have half of their plates be fruit and vegetables.

Additional changes in school meals include more whole grain foods and meeting calorie needs based on age, and less salt and added sugar. You can help kids in your life be healthier by encouraging them to try new foods at home and to eat school breakfast and lunch!

Download and share a flyer: What's New with School Meals?

Resources School meal programs Evaluation Advocacy

School meal programs in King County School Districts