Saturday, June 29, 2013

Healthy Snacks in Schools

When children go to school they often find great joy in buying lunch. If children buy lunch parents have less control over their child’s diet then if they pack a lunch from home. Recently, school districts have been trying to make positive changes in the school food they provide. Most recently the USDA has created new regulations for the snacks provided at schools. These new regulations are called “Smart Snacks in Schools”, some of the changes being made include baked chips and granola bars instead of regular chips and candy bars. The plan includes allowing districts to make the changes over the course of a year, encouraging healthier foods such as vegetables, fruits, and lean protein, and varying portions and nutrients to the age group it is provided for. The overall goal of this plan is to improve the health and well-being of children by providing them with proper nutrition.

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