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School nutrition bill aimed at reducing childhood obesity would spend $4.5B

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THORNTON, Colo. (AP) -- Federal agriculture officials toured a suburban Colorado elementary school today to pitch a school nutrition bill pending in the Senate aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

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It would approve $4.5 billion over the next decade for meals for poor students and also set aside federal grants to help schools afford to buy more local produce.

The bill would also tighten nutrition standards and allow the federal government to ban some snacks, which didn't sit well with some of the second graders at Coronado Hills Elementary School in Thornton.

The ag officials joined the kids for bean-and-cheese burritos with corn and low-fat milk.

Students at the lunch gave the plan mixed reviews -- they don't mind eating fruits and vegetables but also enjoy candy bars.

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