06/26/2012 - The federal government is slated to come up with rules governing the food sold at school that’s not part of the regular meals.
Those foods are often called competitive foods, because what’s sold in the student store or in vending machines or other spots at schools often competes with the meal programs.
“Ensuring that schools sell nutritious foods is critical to improving children’s diets,” a report issued Tuesday says. “This is one of the goals of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”
That law, passed in 2010, directs the federal government to update standards for all foods sold at school by bringing them into alignment with dietary guidelines.
An assessment of what those new rules might do for kids’ health and the schools’ bottom line was released Tuesday by two projects from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Read the full Booster Shots blog post, Nutrition, Finances Win with Healthful School Snacks, Report Says, on the Los Angeles Times' website.