The lunches that students are getting in their public school cafeterias this fall are healthier, at least according to the new USDA National School Lunch Program standards. Those standards, which allow things like the scant amount of tomato sauce to count as a serving of vegetables, might not seem incredibly healthy to many of us, but they are improved slightly.

First lady Michelle Obama is one of the major forces behind what improvements have been made. Today, her Let’s Move campaign posted a video of Mrs. Obama encouraging kids and parents to applaud this year’s improvements in school meals.

I think we should be applauding the improvements the government has made, while encouraging them, no – expecting them, to continue to improve. In the meantime, I’ll let my children buy school lunch the two days a month that they chose (and be thankful those lunches are little healthier than they were last year) and pack their lunch the rest of the time.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Michelle Obama talks up the new school lunches to kids
In a recently released video, the first lady talks up the healthy new choices that kids will see in their school lunches this year