Few schools adhered to USDA nutrition standards before 2013

November 26, 2014

By Kathryn Doyle Before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) set strict standards for nutrition for federally reimbursable lunch programs, less than 2 percent of middle or high schools would have measured up. The absence of certain standards was associated with youth obesity, according to a new study. Full implementation of the program, which should […]

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School vending machines ditch Oreos, Fritos for ‘smart snacks’

July 21, 2014

By Jessica Wohl The school vending machine is no longer an easy place to satisfy a snack craving. Under new national nutritional guidelines that kick in July 1, schools that are part of the National School Lunch Program can no longer sell treats such as Oreos and Fritos. The “Smart Snacks in School” program from […]

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Free drinking water available to most U.S. kids at school lunch

June 2, 2014

Most schools meet a new U.S. government requirement to provide free drinking water for students during lunchtime, a new study finds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rule for schools in the National School Lunch Program took effect at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Most schools fulfill the requirement by having water fountains in […]

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