Rep. Mann Champions Legislation Defending American Kids

By Ryan Duey

U.S. Representative Tracey Mann voted yes on legislation that he cosponsors, “The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act,” which would allow schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program to serve whole or reduced-fat milk to students, giving students a variety of nutritional beverage choices.

Representative Mann stated that milk has 13 essential nutrients that kids need to live healthy lives. Milk is the top source of protein for children ages 2-11, and it’s the top source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and Vitamin D for children ages 2-18. The legislation would allow kids to consume the milk they prefer at home and school.

“The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act,” would:

· Allow schools the option to serve all types of milk, including whole and 2% milk.

· Give school food service providers simplicity, flexibility, and choice in milk options.

· Honor parental and student choice to round out a nutritious lunch with a popular, healthy beverage.

The legislation has passed the House and will now be sent to the Senate.

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