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School Lunches Improving Nationwide

Schoolboy holding plate of lunch in school cafeteriaThe Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) 2012 School Lunch Report Card finds various public school districts in Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Nebraska rising above federal guidelines in serving highly healthy school lunches, with some in Georgia and Missouri also receiving good marks. But most schools nationwide can improve.

PCRM dietitians analyzed elementary school meals at 22 districts participating in the National School Lunch Program. The average grade is now a B (84.4) compared with the national C+ average (78.7) in 2008. Schools delivering poor grades still offer chicken-fried steak fingers, breaded catfish, pork nuggets and other high-cholesterol menu items.

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