School Lunches Are Struggling to Earn High Marks

By Janet Raloff, 15:49 PM April 15, 2008

In the nation's schools, the presence of sweet, high-fat snacks in vending machines and on cafeteria lines is undercutting efforts by those institutions to improve the nutrition of U.S. youngsters. Or so conclude a pair of May 9 reports by the General Accounting Office (GAO), an investigative arm of Congress.

Many schools have been improving their menus in recent years. Part of this reflects the schools' concern over increasing obesity among U.S. children. But an even bigger motivator has bee...

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