Healthy School Meals

happy elementary students choose food in school lunch line

Striving to Improve Health Outcomes

We're speaking up for healthier school meals for all children.

How does your state's school nutrition standards and childhood obesity rates compare?

With over 15 million school breakfasts and 30 million school lunches served every day, what children put on their plates has a significant impact on their overall health. That's why schools across the country are striving to reduce childhood obesity by providing their students with healthier school meal options.

Young girl eating sandwich at school cafeteria lunch table

Making Kids Healthier, One School Meal at a Time

Do you believe all children should have access to quality, nutritious school meals? We do too. That's why we work with schools, regulators, Congress and other policy makers to improve America's school meals. 

Since 2012, nearly 100 percent of the nation's participating schools have complied with updated school meal standards that offer more whole grains, vegetables and fruit. One school meal at a time, we're helping kids build life-long healthy eating habits and reducing childhood obesity. If the school nutrition standards are left in place, they have the potential to decrease childhood obesity cases by more than two million by 2025. 

Fact Sheet: Nutrition Standards and School Meals [PDF]

USDA Proposed Rule for School Meals [Press Statement]

Fact Sheet: Child Nutrition Reauthorization Q&A [PDF]

Videos: What's for Lunch? 

What exactly is 'healthy eating?' In collaboration with Funny or Die, Nick Offerman has an answer for the ongoing Congressional debate on healthy school meals.
Charles Rice Learning Center in Dallas, Texas is just one school that has successfully implemented the nutrition standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown visited with students and school staff to learn about the impact of these new healthier standards.

Helping Kids Break a Salty Habit

Many children and youth in the U.S. have acquired a taste for a high salt diet. On average, kids ages 2 to 19 eat more than 3,100 mg sodium per day, about double the amount the American Heart Association recommends.

How can too much sodium hurt children's health? Eating excessive amounts of sodium is associated with higher blood pressure in children and teens, and the effect is even greater if they're overweight or obese. That's why we're working to shape children's taste buds so they won't miss the extra salt. 

Fact Sheet: Reducing Sodium Consumption in Children [PDF]

Fact Sheet: Lowering Sodium in School Foods
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Salty Six For Kids [Infographic]

Fact Sheet: Sodium Myths and Facts for Kids [PDF]