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The Healthy School Lunch Campaign is dedicated to improving the food served to children in schools by educating government and school officials, food service workers, parents, and others about the food choices best able to promote children’s current and long-term health.

2013 Golden Carrot Award Winner: The Active Learning Elementary School, Queens, N.Y. More healthy school lunch winners >

The campaign’s key message: Foods served in schools should promote the health of all children.

Menus in most school lunch programs are too high in saturated fat and cholesterol and too low in fiber- and nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Major changes are needed to encourage the health of the nation’s youth and to reverse the growing trends of obesity, early-onset diabetes, and hypertension, among other chronic diseases, in children and teens.

The Healthy School Lunch Campaign encourages schools to offer more healthy low-fat, cholesterol-free options, including reimbursable meals and beverages, a la carte items, and vending machine items. The PCRM Healthy School Lunch Team works with school districts across the country and organizes meetings and presentations for school boards, PTAs, and student groups. We can provide marketing materials, meal planning and recipes ideas, and other resources upon request.

If you are interested in having The PCRM Healthy School Lunch Team work with your school district, start by taking these easy steps.

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Lunch Leaders Changing the Statistics

In recent years, many people have called for healthier school meals. But often overlooked are the real heroes: the school food service providers who, with limited budgets and less-than-ideal nutritional guidelines, are changing things for children.

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High-Glycemic-Index Foods Turn on Brain Regions Linked to Overeating

High-glycemic-index foods, like white bread and children's cereals, stimulate brain regions associated with reward and cravings and increase the drive to eat.

2012 School lunch report card

2012 School Lunch Report Card

This year, Pinellas County Schools in Florida received a perfect score of 100, a first in the report card’s history. Learn more >

Exercise Does Not Determine Children's Body Weight

Exercise Does Not Determine Children's Body Weight

Physical activity does not influence preschoolers' weight, according to a new study from Germany. Learn more >

Remove milk in school lunches

PCRM Asks USDA to Remove Milk as Required Food in School Lunches

Research shows dairy does not improve bone health and can increase childhood obesity. Learn more >



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Want the PCRM Healthy School Lunch Team to work with your school district? Start by taking these easy steps >

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