11/01/2012 - ''U.S. school children searching for a healthy snack at school - perhaps an apple or some celery sticks - may find that a bag of potato chips is much easier to come by, a report released on Thursday said.
Students in states such as Connecticut and West Virginia have limited access to junk food like candy and chocolate on school grounds while those in Louisiana and Idaho can buy it in abundance, according to an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
U.S. childhood and adolescent obesity rates have more than tripled in the past 30 years. Schools, where kids consume most of the day's calories, are seen as a logical place to try reversing the trend.
The groups analyzed 2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That showed a hodgepodge of state policies that researchers said shows the need for tighter standards over what snacks are sold in schools.
'Under this patchwork of policies, the majority of our nation's children live in states where less-healthy snack food choices are readily available,' researchers wrote in their report, part of the groups' joint Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project.
'In nearly three-quarters of the states, a substantial percentage of schools sell low-nutrient, high-calorie snacks such as chocolate, other candy, or full-fat salty chips.'''
Read the full article, Study finds healthy snacks still limited in some U.S. schools, on the Reuters website.