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Health and Human Services to follow new nutritional guidelines

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Employees at the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) may start noticing changes in their cafeteria menus.

New nutrition guidelines at HHS will emphasize healthier foods and environmentally friendly procurement and disposal practices according to a blog post on LetsMove.gov written by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and GSA Administrator Martha Johnson March 24.

The new guidelines are part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to encourage healthier eating and regular exercise and are part of an effort by GSA to extend sustainable food practices government wide.

Some of the new dining guidelines include:

Offering seasonal vegetables and fruits, as well as whole grain options such as pasta.

Vegetarian and lean meat entrees.

Low-fat milks, yogurts and cottage cheeses as well as 100 percent fruit juice and freely available drinking water.

Foods that are low in sodium and also free of synthetic trans fats.

But the new guidelines also lay out sustainability guidelines for food procurement and environmentally friendly dining.

Federal workers should be offered incentives for using reusable beverage containers. Vendors should use compostable and bio-based trays, flatware, plates and bowls.

The guidelines also suggest offering food that is organically, locally or sustainably grown and labeled as such.

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