Trump rolling back Obama-era school lunch mandates

The Trump Administration is rolling back some changes to school lunches that were rolled out by the Obama Administration.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Trump administration announced some new rules that could change what your kids put on their plate at their school's cafeteria. 

In 2012, Michelle Obama pushed through changes to school lunches as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law by former President Obama.

It meant adding more fruits and vegetables to school lunch trays. Only whole grains were allowed in the cafeteria. The plan also required fat-free flavored milk or 1-percent white milk. It limited sodium to at or under 935 milligrams and calories to 650.

There were critics back then, and there are also critics now.

"We all know that meals cannot be nutritious if they aren't consumed, (and) if they're put in the trash," says Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

The Trump administration announced their plan to relax these Obama-era requirements.

Beginning next year, schools can request an exception from the whole grain requirements and delay the sodium mandate. They will also be able to serve 1-percent flavored milk.

Proponents of the new requirements argue kids don't eat the healthier foods that cost more and end up in the trash.

On the other side, people argue young kids need the restrictions. According to the CDC, about one in five school-aged children has obesity.

Local pediatricians suggest making the healthy food tastier.

"Doesn't have to be sugary, doesn't have to be salty," says Dr. Erin Washburn, a pediatrician for Novant Health. "There are great ways with different kinds of spices that you can make these foods interesting and edible to the children who are not used to those kinds of foods at all."

CMS officials say the schools are doing "business as usual." They say they are committed to providing the healthiest of meals for their kids.

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