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Schools put healthier food on the lunch menus

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Do you remember the mystery meat in your school cafeteria? Who can forget it?

Kids going back to school now have something to look forward to when it's time to eat, and they can thank First Lady Michelle Obama for it.

Mrs. Obama has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to make school meals more nutritious, and maybe even more delicious.

From now on, school breakfasts and lunches will have more veggies and fruit, less salt, and no trans fats. 

"Many of our children, the only time they eat, is here at school. So if they are eating high salt, high fat, that's what their diet is," said Dr. Gwen Kessell, principal at Blake Academy in Lakeland.

The meals will also have a calorie cap. In other words, those yummy, but calorie-rich desserts will be gone forever. Even many lower calorie desserts will be few and far between.

According to new research, almost one-third of the kids in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

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