High-calorie snacks—like high-fat chips, non-diet sodas and sugary pastries—would be nixed from school cafeteria lines should new government proposals be made into law. On Friday (February 1) the Obama administration outlined its nutritional guidelines for the nation's students.
"Good nutrition lays the groundwork for good health and academic success," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement.
The agency's proposal includes increased availability of healthy snack foods with whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein foods as their main ingredients, and decreased availability of food items that are higher in fat, sugar, and sodium.
Other highlights include the option for parents to send in bagged lunches of their choosing or treats for activities such as birthday parties, holidays, and other celebrations; and allowing schools to continue traditions like occasional fundraisers and bake sales.
"Providing healthy options throughout school cafeterias, vending machines, and snack bars will complement the gains made with the new, healthy standards for school breakfast and lunch so the healthy choice is the easy choice for our kids," added Vilsack.
by RTT Staff Writer
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