Great little story on WNYC about anti-obesity measures being taken in the city. Read or listen to Beth Fertig's reporting here:
"Collazo started working for the city’s newly named Department of School Food in late 2004 when Mayor Bloomberg put an emphasis on making healthier meals and kicked out the soda machines. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was already recommending that schools pick foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and drinks that aren’t too sugary, in order to curb childhood obesity and diabetes. But Collazo says his department is going a step further.
COLLAZO: Our goal is, on daily basis, is to achieve a menu day that reflects 30 percent of calories from fat, 10 percent from saturated fat, and we allow ourselves at lunch 800 mg of sodium for the entire meal - and that includes milk.
So, goodbye corned beef and egg rolls. And hello to lower sodium ravioli. The Department of Education acknowledges it costs more to be healthy so it’s sometimes difficult to find affordable products. And while some vendors were able to comply with Collazo’s standards, he says he couldn’t find a healthy version of macaroni and cheese."