(WASHINGTON) -- A new report has called for improved nutritional standards in a key government food program.
An Institute of Medicine report has asked that the Child and Adult Care Food Program be brought into line with federal and dietary guidelines. Among the recommendations were increased requirements for the amount of whole grains, fruits and vegetables in meals as well as limitations on the amount of salt, saturated fat, trans fat, and added sugars.
The program, administered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), serves some three million children and 114,000 adults in child care centers, after school programs, emergency shelters, and adult day cares around the country.
The report noted that day care centers will need extra money and assistance to meet the new nutritional guidelines.
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