Tags: smart | snacks | school | usda

Smart Snacks in School Coming Soon: USDA Sets New Healthier Rules

Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 07:38 PM

By Teresa Meek

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Schools will offer less junk food and more whole foods under rules set by the The U.S. Department of Agriculture. The standards represent the first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30 years, CNN Health reports.

The “Smart Snacks in School” rules are a result of the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which began with an overhaul of the school lunch program in 2012. The act requires the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all food sold in schools.

Special: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal? Vote in Urgent Poll.

“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children," said Secretary Vilsack in a USDA press release. "Parents and schools work hard to give our youngsters the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong, and providing healthy options throughout school cafeterias, vending machines, and snack bars will support their great efforts."

The rules, designed to fight both child hunger and obesity, require schools to serve more whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.

Snacks play a major role in children’s diets. Between 1977 and 1996, the number of calories that children consumed from snacks increased by 120 calories per day, the Center for Science in the Public Interest reported.

Most of the snacks served to children should be fruits and vegetables, since most kids do not eat the recommended five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, the CSPI said. Fruits and vegetables lower the risk of heart disease and other diseases and contain important nutrients and fiber.

Some kids are saying, "Thanks, Uncle Sam, but we’re still hungry."

Three students at Milnor School in North Dakota — Wyatt Mund, Andrew Martinson, and Colin Yagow — created a video last year for Michelle Obama, who has campaigned extensively against childhood obesity. The video, titled “First Lady that I Used to Know,” parodies a hit song by Gotye and features kids holding placards reading “I’m hungry” and Michelle Obama holding one reading “Eat Ice!”

Editor's Note: Get the Navy SEALs Cap – Celebrate Our Heroes

Related stories:

USDA: Brownies Out, Fruit Cups in School Vending Machines

Gov't Orders Schools to Oust Junk Food

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved