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Through my Taekwondo training I've learned how to defend myself, but as a Leadership student, I also received advanced lessons with traditional weapons. I never imagined that using something as simple as a Bo Staff could be so empowering! Although I hope I never have to defend myself against an attacker, I now have the confidence and ability to do so.
–Christina Morales, Brown Belt, 18 years old



From ATA World Volume 19, Number 4 Winter 2012

In January 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the first major new standards for school lunches since 1997. This school year students have been finding more green on their trays, as meals must now include fruits and vegetables every day. Schools also must cut back on total calories, sodium, and saturated and trans fats, and serve more whole grains (think sandwiches on whole-wheat bread). In the dairy department, whole milk is not the whole picture: Nonfat and low-fat milk options are now required.

In addition to the lunch rules, vending machine snacks and drinks sold on school grounds also must meet nutritional standards. Watch out sugary soda in schools. Your days are numbered. These new rules took effect July 1 and will slide onto trays in schools around the country during the next three years.

The new standards are part of an effort to fight childhood obesity. Itís a cause ATA stands behind too. ATA believes efforts to curb childhood and adult obesity are essential to the health and well-being of families. About 32 million students across the nation in public and private schools eat school lunch at least part of the time, so these changes will teach many kids good eating habits early.