SCHOOL MEAL CHANGES FOR HEALTH AND NATIONAL SECURITY


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Transcript:
GOVERNMENT DATA SAYS THIRTY TWO PERCENT OF CHILDREN
AGES SIX TO NINETEEN ARE OBESE OR OVERWEIGHT.
THEREFORE THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
HAS PROPOSED CHANGING THE SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM TO
INCLUDE HEALTHIER FOOD.
Kevin Concannon: More green and orange vegetables.
More whole grains. Less fats.
Milk that is either one percent or skim milk.
ONE REASON FOR THE PROPOSAL IS THE LONG TERM
HEALTH EFFECTS FROM A POOR DIET EARLY IN LIFE.
Concannon: The problems of obesity translate into
high rates of diabetes.
So many young people now are developing diabetes.
It's associated with weight.
A BENEFIT FROM A HEALTHIER DIET IS BETTER
LEARNING AND LONGER ATTENTION SPANS.
Concannon: We know that kids who have a nutritious
diet learn better.
We hear that from teachers, we hear it from
school nurses we hear it from pediatricians.
AND ONE OF THE MORE COMPELLING LONG TERM
PROBLEMS CAUSED BY POOR DIET IS A SHORTAGE OF
MILITARY PERSONNEL.
Concannon: Some twenty seven percent of American
youth between the ages of seventeen and twenty four
are so overweight that they are not eligible for
military service.
So the generals and admirals have really laid
this out as a national security issue.
U-S-D-A IS ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED
MENU CHANGES THROUGH APRIL THIRTEENTH.
THOSE WANTING TO REVIEW THE PROPOSAL OR COMMENT
CAN VISIT THE REGULATIONS DOT GOV WEBSITE.
IN WASHINGTON D-C FOR THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
I'M BOB ELLISON.