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Students required by law to eat healthier

HAMILTON, GA (WTVM) -

The federal government has taken measures to fight obesity among children by insisting that public schools serve healthier food.

Beginning this year, the USDA announced new guidelines for school lunches, demanding a cap on calories and a stronger focus on fruits and vegetables.  The goal is to get students in the habit of eating healthier.

The law states it's "a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food."

Phoebe Layson is the Director of Nutrition at the Harris County School District.  She summarized the issue at hand. 

"There are too many obese people, not just children, and the eating habits of the adults are transferring to the children.  This means more fast food, more fat, more sodium, and more convenience.  We are charged with giving them healthier options."

According to the Associated Press, reviews across the country have been mixed, with some students complaining they aren't getting enough to eat, but in Harris County, the students appear to be of one mind.

All of the high school students we came across agreed the menu is much better this year than last year.  Most had high praise for the new pizza line up.  None could think of any food items they missed and when pressed for a complaint, they had nothing to offer.

It's the most extensive update to the school food guidelines in 15 years and in Harris County, it's been well received. 

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