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Improving a la carte and vending machine nutrition can help student waistlines and school bottom lines


Earlier this year the USDA worked to improve nutrition standards for lunches in official school meal programs, but what about those vending and a la carte items?

After improving food served in school lunch programs, the USDA is currently focusing their attention on those other items or “competitive foods.” But will this help our children’s nutrition and the schools finances? According to a recent study, the answer is ‘yes’ to both.

A new health impact assessment commissioned by the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Health Impact Project found that updating standards on competitive foods will help our kids’ waistlines and our schools bottom lines.

According to the director of the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project, Jessica Donze Black, “The evidence is clear and compelling. Implementing strong national nutrition standards to make the snacks and beverages our children consume healthier is something that schools and districts can afford. The USDA should do all it can to finalize and help implement strong standards.”

Want more information on the study? Click here to read the study or watch the video below!

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