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Obama Signs Child Nutrition Bill

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The sorry state of school lunches has been a hot topic this year, even making primetime TV with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

Now processed school meals are getting a healthy makeover thanks to a new bill signed by President Obama today. In hopes of curbing childhood obesity and improving the nutritional content of school lunches, The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 gives the government more authority to regulate nutritional standards for all food sold in schools, including cafeteria meals and vending machine options.

The $4.5-billion measure provides more funding for free food programs for lower income students, and increases school reimbursements to cover costs of healthy (and usually more expensive) food items like fresh fruits and vegetables.

During the bill’s signing, the president cited bleak child health stats (1 in 3 children in America is overweight or obese), and said the bill is about “giving our kids the healthy futures they deserve.”

The president was joined by first lady Michelle Obama, who has made combating child obesity her priority with her Let’s Move! initiative. “Our parents have a right to expect that their kids will be served fresh, healthy food that meets high nutritional standards,” she said during the signing ceremony.

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