CT Lawmakers Aim to Boost Childhood Nutrition

Miriam Correia

Connecticut lawmakers are teaming up with school nutrition advocates to increase childhood nutrition in schools.  “The coalition plans to call attention to the need to provide adequate funding and administrative support for child nutrition programs and nutrition professionals in schools,” the Associated Press reports.  There was a legislative lobbying event planned for Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

In January, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new guidelines for school lunches, which was the first “…major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years.” It called for food with less sodium, more whole grains, and a wider selection of fruits and vegetables.  These changes are expected to cost more.

The coalition also wants to open up access to “… state-grown products, promote school gardens, and healthy lifestyles,” the Associated Press reports.