Students at Doherty Middle School in Andover, Mass., choose items from the salad bar in the school cafeteria, June 2012. Among other things, a Senate compromise on school nutrition standards calls for the USDA and the CDC to establish new guidance that would encourage the use of salad bars. Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty hide caption

toggle caption Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty

Frito-Lay reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos, a perennial favorite among school kids, to meet new federal "Smart Snack" rules for schools. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Meredith Rizzo/NPR
Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/395598079/395966196" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Samples of carrots cooked three ways are placed on a table for the kids at Walker-Jones Educational Campus, in Washington, D.C., to sample after they have finished lunch. The crowd favorite will later end up on the school lunch menu. Claire Eggers/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Claire Eggers/NPR
Of Carrots And Kids: Healthy School Lunches That Don't Get Tossed
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/364712994/367938717" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Students Dakota Gibson (left) and Gary Barber with school volunteer Kenny Thompson after their StoryCorps interview in Houston, Texas. StoryCorps hide caption

toggle caption StoryCorps
Giving Every Kid Equal Standing In The School Lunch Line
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/347669760/347873364" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Students at Lowell High School in Michigan sit down for lunch. Shorter lunch breaks mean that many kids don't get enough time to eat and socialize. Emily Zoladz/Landov hide caption

toggle caption Emily Zoladz/Landov
These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/248511038/248854981" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Maggie Starbard/NPR
What's Inside The 26-Ingredient School Lunch Burger?
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/149717358/149829276" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"Lean, finely textured meat" made from beef trimmings is often added to ground beef as a cheap filler Daniel Acker/Landov hide caption

toggle caption Daniel Acker/Landov
Is It Safe To Eat 'Pink Slime'?
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/148298678/148317336" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Belmont Senior High School cafeteria manager Carol Avalos stocked a refrigerated case with milk cartons in the Los Angeles school's cafeteria last month. The chocolate milk on the top shelf will soon be a thing of the past. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

toggle caption Damian Dovarganes/AP
Your Health Podcast: Sunscreen Redo And Chocolate Milk Off The Menu
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137252871/137232708" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">