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Aug182011

School Nutrition: Big Strides, Some Leftover Concerns

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may not be something you associate with school cafeterias, but a new report released by the School Nutrition Association shows you can find all those things in 97 to 98 percent of America's schools.

Helen Phillips, president of the School Nutrition Association, tells ABC News that school lunches are really changing.

“Across the country we are seeing that more school districts are providing fresh fruits and vegetables, more school districts are providing an increased in whole grain foods that we offer to students,” Phillips said. “Also, milk is changing from being a whole fat milk down to skim or 1 percent milk.”

This most recent report comes as the country continues to battle obesity, and perhaps more alarming – obesity among children.

“Down the road it's going to save so much money in health care by having kids that aren't being a burden on the system,” Phillips said.

One area that still needs work, Phillips notes, is the amount of sodium that appears in children’s food.

“We've been kind of trained as Americans to have a little bit of a saltier taste for things, so by schools cutting back, we kind of need help from industry, restaurants and the parents at home to do the same.”

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