First lady, Michelle Obama is in town today and will announce a new project to provide public schools with 5,000 salad bars around the country. Mrs. Obama has led a healthy living campaign for the country and this new program addresses concerns of childhood obesity and unhealthy foods in schools’ cafeterias. The Salad Program is an addition to the Let’s Move campaign launched earlier this year.
Because of low budgets in schools and especially in communities of low income, the food offered to students does not include healthy choices such as fresh fruits and vegetables. The salad bars will be able to serve the students with healthy options and a variety of vegetables that often times, families cannot afford to serve at home.
The team of experts helping Mrs. Obama include chef Sam Kass, the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention, United Fresh Produce Association, the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, and Whole Foods.
There are already many objections and concerns about this program regarding regulations and how to keep the salad bars clean and preventing students from using their hands when serving food. Hopefully some of the myths of the regulations by the USDA about having salad bars will be debunked and the project will succeed, so this will be a step forward to a healthier lifestyle for students and what is offer in school menus.
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