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Via Daily Mail:

There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them.

‘We don’t want healthy trash cans. We want kids who are eating this stuff,’ said Kern Halls, a former Disney World restaurant manager who now works in school nutrition at Orange County Public Schools in Florida.

At a School Nutrition Association conference in Denver this summer, food workers heard tips about how to get children to make healthy food choices in the cafeteria.

The problem is a serious one for the nation’s lunch-line managers, who are implementing the biggest update to federal school-food guidelines in 15 years. New Department of Agriculture guidelines taking effect this fall set calorie and sodium limits for school meals.

Schools must offer dark green, orange or red vegetables and legumes at least once a week, and students are required to select at least one vegetable or fruit per meal.

Flavored milk must be nonfat, and there’s a ban on artificial, artery-clogging trans fats.

The guidelines were announced as the Obamas hosted the first ever White House ‘kids’ state dinner’ celebrating the young winners of a national healthy recipe contest – the latest effort in Mrs Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign to combat childhood obesity.