Child nutrition is the topic of conversation this week in D.C., as the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) kicks off its annual summit. Featuring a plenary address from First Lady Michelle Obama, the summit will bring together industry leaders with nonprofit, academic and government counterparts to address ending the epidemic of childhood obesity. In anticipation of these conversations, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report and an infographic today examining the potential for school lunch programs to improve children’s diets and their futures.
The report found that participation in the federally subsidized National School Lunch Program encourages children to eat more fruits and vegetables – foods that keep children healthy. At the same time, healthy school meals alone are not enough to counteract other unhealthy dietary influences linked with obesity.