11/01/2012 - "A lot of attention has been paid to meal and snack-food options in U.S. public elementary schools. But the effort clearly hasn't reached high schools, according to data released today by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The majority of secondary schools do not sell fruits or vegetables in school stores, snack bars, or vending machines, even though research shows that a daily practice of swapping a cup of low-fat yogurt for a chocolate fudge brownie could eventually be the difference between a kid who is normal weight or overweight.
Kids consume up to half of their daily calories at school, making the issue of nutrition on school groups of keen importance to public health experts.
'Students spend more time in school than any other place other than their home. So we really need to pay attention to what is happening in the high school environment,' Jessica Donze Black, director of the Kid's Safe and Healthful Foods Project, told Take Part. The project is a joint initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Significantly more effort has been placed on improving foods in elementary schools, she says.
'The high school may be the last frontier in terms of addressing that,' Black says. 'These are kids who are at the point where they are making their own choices. We want all of those choices to be healthy choices. We can expose them to things they might not otherwise choose...A lot of schools that offer healthy foods in schools say kids will eat them.'''
Read the full article, Healthy Snack Food Options Largely Absent From U.S. High Schools, on the Yahoo! News website.