The United States Department of Agriculture has announced the introduction of less stringent standards for school lunches under the Obama administration, including a standard requiring only whole grains to be served. (Laura Seitz / Deseret News / AP) The Trump administration has announced its intention to permanently relax the nutritional rules of school lunches, allowing children to eat foods containing more salt and less whole grains. The US Department of Agriculture has said it is taking steps to facilitate meal planning in schools and encourage more children to eat healthy foods. The number of students taking their meals at school peaked in 2010 and has dropped significantly since: In 2010, 5.2 million students ate lunch at school, but in 2017 they were 4.8 million. "If kids do not eat what's served, they do not benefit and the food is wasted," said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in a statement this week. "We all have the same goals in mind: the health and development of our young people. The USDA trusts its local operators to ensure they serve healthy meals that meet local preferences and build a bright future with good nutrition. Health organizations, including the American Heart Association, have strongly criticized the government. The Obama administration wants children to stay healthy and says, "Regarding the health of our children, there should not be" flexibility. " with skim milk and less salt. He was responding to an obesity epidemic in the United States and was proving that excessive salt intake was linked to high blood pressure and other health problems, and that whole grains were healthier as refined grains. In 2017, the Trump administration announced that it was temporarily relaxing these rules and the Department of Agriculture is organizing to make these changes permanent. He announced that he would release a final school nutrition rule on Wednesday in the Federal Register, the government's official gazette containing agency rules and proposed rules. The final rule will require that only half of the grains in school meals be whole grains, which will allow 1% flavored milk. The Trump administration also amends a three-step sodium reduction plan set up by the Obama administration. Most schools have already met a first sodium reduction requirement. But it delays by several years a second reduction and eliminates a third reduction target that should come into effect during the 2022-2023 school year. According to the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest, lunches at the school will not be required to adhere to the dietary guidelines prescribed by law to Americans. The School Nutrition Association, which represents school nutrition professionals working in schools, hailed the decision of the administration. Its president, Gay Anderson, said in a statement: "The school nutrition professionals have made considerable progress in improving students' diets, but the degree of modification of menus in keeping with updated nutritional standards was greater than that. that some students would accept We thank Secretary Lost for finding solutions to the concerns of schools and students.This rule will encourage more students to eat healthy meals at school, which respect the fruits, vegetables and milk But experts in The American Heart Association said in its statement of opposition: "We hope all schools will reject this regulation and continue their commitment to serve more foods." healthy on the plates of their children do that when these changes were announced for the pre Last year, at the end of last year, children across the country are clearly benefiting from schools across the country that already meet the school meals standards published in 2012. The USDA's decision to weaken standards – despite overwhelming opposition – threatens to undermine our progress in ensuring children in our country have healthy school meals that will help them improve their health and academic success at school. long term. If the concern was really to give more "flexibility" to the few schools in difficulty, the USDA should have taken a more responsible approach to provide more technical assistance to these institutions so that they could offer healthier food choices. Regarding the health of our children, there should be no "flexibility". Failure to meet scientific sodium standards for school meals, initially adopted by the USDA, will put children's health at risk. We strongly believe that all schools can meet the initial nutrition standards. It is in our children's best interest for schools to continue in this direction despite this latest USDA rule. "Rep Robert C." Bobby "Scott (Va.), Who is the highest Democrat of the House Education Committee and is expected to have his president become president in January, said in a statement criticizing the changes:" The final rule of the US Department of Agriculture on Nutrition Standards in Schools goes against recognized scientific data on quality school nutrition.Registering earlier standards designed to limit sodium intake and promote the consumption of healthier whole grains, the USDA threatens the progress we have made to improve nutrition in schools. "Fortunately, school districts are not forced to join the USDA for away from evidence-based nutrition standards I hope that the country's school districts, many of which have already managed to meet the previous standards, will maintain their commitment to provide students with nutritious meals to support their long-term health and development. According to the Department of Agriculture, the rule will permanently create three "menu planning flexibilities" that were established temporarily in 2017: Here is the proposed rule: on Scribd Example HTML block.