The government wants to give school lunches a healthy makeover. Will this help reverse the obesity crisis? FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
USDA calls for big changes to school lunches
The first changes to the school lunch guidelines in 15 years aim to fight the childhood obesity crisis. Thursday, the USDA announced its proposed updates to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. They include adding more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk to school meals, and limiting saturated fat, sodium, calories, and trans fats.
Also see: New food guide pyramid for pre-schoolers
What does a tango taste like?
No, not mango... tango. It's a new citrus fruit that you'll soon see in your grocery store. Tango is a mandarin scientists at the University of California, Riverside created. It apparently has a tangy-sweet flavor, a rind that's easy to peel, and it's seedless. Sweet.
Also see: Interview with Tosca Reno - 3 ways to start eating clean
Obesity costs nearing $300 billion a year
Ouch! A new report shows the total economic cost of overweight and obesity in the United States is $270 billion a year. That number includes medical care, loss of worker productivity because of higher death rates, and loss of productivity because of employees' partial or total disability.
Also see: Obesity rates up in 28 states - is yours one of them?
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