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Marketing of Unhealthy Foods in New Hampshire Schools Undermines Efforts to Instill Healthy Habits in Children

 

Preventing childhood obesity is one of the most important ways we can reduce the future risk of heart disease in adults. Tremendous progress has been made in school nutrition in recent years. There is overwhelming support among parents that their children have a healthier food environment during the school day. And in New Hampshire 98% of school districts have implemented the new nutrition guidelines for school meals under the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act. Yet food and beverage companies are still allowed to market junk food to students through giveaways like posters, scoreboards, coupon incentive programs and even on branded educational materials! Schools are not allowed to sell products that don’t meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools Guidelines, so food and beverage companies should not be allowed to advertise these products. To learn more about public policies to help build healthy environments at school and in the community, please visit:  www.voicesforhealthykids.org.

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