Smart Snacks

The school day just got healthier with “Smart Snacks in School.”  The new guidelines from USDA require all foods sold in school to meet rigorous nutrition standards to ensure that students get the best nutrition possible every school day. Effective July 1, 2014, students will not be sold snacks high in sugar, sodium and fat. Instead, only snacks made with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein will be allowed. Snacks will be nutrient-dense with limited calories and a greater proportion of essential vitamins and minerals. The rule also affects beverage choices. Starting this school year (2014-2015), the only beverages available for purchase by students in elementary and middle school will be water, milk and 100% juice. High school students will have additional choices of sensible beverages, including diet and low-calorie sports drinks and sodas. By improving the nutrition standards in schools, we are getting one step closer to a healthier generation of Americans.


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