Schools Respond to Federal ‘Wellness’ Requirement
Cupcakes brought in for special occasions, candy bars sold in vending machines, high-calorie muffins sold a la carte in the lunch line—all are now under scrutiny as school districts nationwide craft local “wellness” policies that a federal law says must go into effect by the start of the 2006-07 school year.
The $16 billion Child Nutrition Act, which covers the National School Lunch Program, imposed new requirements on federally funded schools for their lunches and breakfasts. Signed into law in June 2004, the legislation applies to regular public schools, charter schools, and some private schools.
The deadline to create a final policy is July 1, but the mandate does not include penalties for schools that do not adopt...
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