Adams announces healthier meals for New York public school students

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced an update to the meal standards provided in public schools to ensure New Yorkers have access to healthier food options.

These updated dietary standards are intended to help more than one million New York City residents, including school children, older adults and Health + Hospitals patients access meals or snacks from state agencies. town.

In the April 1 announcement, the mayor said the guidelines would begin July 1, 2023, and were compiled by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

“I have long said that our agencies should not literally fuel our current health care crisis, serving foods that contribute to diet-related chronic disease,” Mayor Adams said. “These new dietary standards will help minimize the consumption of processed foods and sugary drinks, while encouraging whole food and plant-based choices. This is a transformational step toward aligning our agencies’ missions and, more importantly, helping New Yorkers, including our most vulnerable, lead healthier, happier lives.

Under these new standards, people accessing meals and/or snacks from municipal agencies will be served foods with less added sugars, less sodium, fewer beef options and more options for eating. to have a vegetable protein. In addition, sugary drinks will be removed from vending machines in the city.

Other updates include a new added sugar limit; requiring less than 10 percent of the calories served are from added sugars; lower daily sodium limit for young people; new requirement that half of all grains served must be whole grains; new obligation to offer whole or minimally processed vegetable proteins, such as beans; new limit for beef and processed meats; new requirement for agencies to solicit customer feedback regarding cultural preferences, taste and food quality; new restriction to eliminate sugary drinks in vending machines, as well as the creation of a new limit of two slots for 100% juice per vending machine; and the integration of nutrition and sustainability standards to simultaneously address and strengthen individual and planetary health and better align standards with the Good Food Purchasing Framework.

“Access to healthy food and beverages is critical in our efforts to improve health outcomes in the Bronx and across the city,” said State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. New York. “I commend Mayor Adams and Commissioner Vasan for giving this issue the attention it needs, and I look forward to a continued effort to ensure all New Yorkers have easy and affordable access to food. healthy through our school system and public lunch programs.”

Other elected officials have endorsed the shift to healthier food and snack options for New Yorkers, saying access to healthy food would benefit the city overall.

“There are few greater moral imperatives for New York City than to provide schoolchildren, the elderly, H+H patients and other vulnerable residents with access to healthy meals and snacks,” said New York State Assemblyman Eddie Gibbs. “A New York that eats healthy is a stronger New York, and I applaud the mayor’s announcement of these new food standards. This is an important step forward in achieving health equity in our city.

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