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Document Number: 4523

School Lunch Program: Efforts Needed To Improve Nutrition and Encourage Healthy Eating - This U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) study of the National School Lunch Program finds that while school food programs over the 1990s were providing the mandated amount of nutrients and lowering fat levels, more than 75% of schools still exceeded the average fat and sodium content permitted for school lunches. It also notes that although schools cited budgets and instructional time as obstacles, local and state efforts are nonetheless making strides to provide healthier meals and help students make better nutrition decisions. (GAO, May 2003)...

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