- Associated Press - Friday, January 21, 2011

MIAMI (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton has announced an agreement with leading food manufacturers to provide healthier school lunch options.

Clinton told Miami school students on Friday that seven companies have agreed to increase the sale of foods that meet science-based nutrition standards by 50 percent within five years. The manufacturers also agreed to set prices that are no higher than less-healthy choices.

Clinton’s foundation is a member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization that aims to reduce childhood obesity.

The pact is expected to provide healthier options for more than 30 million students nationwide, including 14 million in the free and reduced-price lunch program.

The agreement comes a day after Wal-Mart announced it would make thousands of products healthier by reformulating them and pushing suppliers to do the same.

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