Verify: Is The Trump Administration Easing School Lunch Regulations?

Trump Proposed School Lunch Changes

School lunches could be getting another makeover.

The Trump administration is proposing big changes to regulations spearheaded by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Right now - schools are required to reduce calories, fat and sodium in school lunches.

Elementary schools must keep sodium at or under 935 milligrams - and Calories have to be between 550 and 650.

They must also offer at least three-fourths a cup of veggies, a half a cup of fruit and whole grains.

Milk must be 1% or non-fat if it's flavored.

The changes include exemptions from the whole grain requirement, a delay to the sodium mandate and milk can soon include 1-percent flavored milk instead of nonfat.

Here's some background. In 2010, Former First Lady Michelle Obama worked to establish strict nutritional standards as part of her "Let's Move Program" -- a campaign against obesity.

According to the CDC, The percentage of children with obesity in the U.S. has more than tripled since the 1970s.

Today, about one in five school-aged children ages 6–19 has obesity...and Childhood obesity has immediate and long-term impacts on physical, social, and emotional health.

So we wanted to verify: Is the Trump administration easing school lunch regulations?

Let's take a look at our sources.

We looked at documents on the Department of agriculture's website.

Sonny Perdue leads the USDA.

The three things what are in question are the regulations about whole grains, sodium and milk.

Right now, all grains served to students must be whole-grain.

According to the announcement Monday, Schools are experiencing challenges meeting this standard so starting the next school year, the USDA is allowing states to grant exceptions to schools that are having a hard time meeting the standard.

Currently, milk must be fat-free – whether it's flavored or not. 1% low fat has to be unflavored.

The new regulation would allow 1 percent flavored milk…that means chocolate and strawberry… will be allowed through the school meals programs.

Bottom line - we can verify this as true… that the Trump administration is putting the brakes and giving more power to schools when it comes to lunch.

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