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Considerable scientific evidence suggests that eating whole grains such as whole wheat reduces the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers. A Healthy People 2010 objective establishes a recommended intake of three servings of whole grains per day. At present, few children in the United States are meeting these recommendations. School meals represent a strategic point of intervention for children, because the majority of schools in the United States participate in the National School Lunch Program.

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