January 28, 2010 --
Changing just one item in the school lunch program could help eliminate thousands of unnecessary calories each year. Schools across the country are searching for ways to help kids eat leaner, healthier meals. The New York City Department of Education found that switching from whole milk to low fat milk eliminates substantial amounts of calories and fat. And, officials say, the change did not lessen the amount of vitamin D or calcium children were getting.
There was some concern that the switch made between 2005 and 2006 might lead to less consumption of milk.
But new research from the NYC Health Department found milk drinking was actually up in 2009.
The switch is estimated to save each child about 6,000 calories and 600 grams of fat a year.