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For kids:

The Institute of Medicine has a new report out on setting standards for school meals. As easily seen in the report summary, the committee offered three main recommendations:

    • Increasing the amount and variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

    • Setting a minimum and maximum level of calories

    • Focusing more on reducing saturated fat and sodium

Its report comes with a handy table summarizing the differences between current breakfast standards and those recommended by the IOM committee. These are refreshingly food-based and follow the three main principles noted above.

For communities:

New York City's ever active health department did a study on the availability of fruits and vegetables in low-income areas and found just what you might expect--few, if any, supermarkets carrying fresh produce. To address the gap, the city has instituted the FRESH program, "Food Retail Expansion to Support Health," to get healthier foods into the inner city.

So much is going on these days that it is hard to keep up with it. Enjoy!

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Marion Nestle is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, and Pet Food Politics. More

Nestle also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book is Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat. She writes the Food Matters column for The San Francisco Chronicle and blogs almost daily at Food Politics.

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