Published Online: November 6, 2012
Published in Print: November 7, 2012, as School Nutrition

Report Roundup

School Nutrition

"Out of Balance: A Look at Snack Foods in Secondary Schools Across the States"

The majority of American children live in states where less-than-healthy snacks are readily available, a new report says.

The report from the Kids' Safe & Healthful Foods Project of Washington argues that, without a national policy on what can be sold to students in school vending machines and in cafeteria a la carte lines, a patchwork of state policies governs these items. It shows that only 4 percent of schools in Connecticut sell non-chocolate candy, for example, while 66 percent of schools in Louisiana do. While soda and fruit drinks are less available than they used to be, access varies from 3 percent of schools in West Virginia that sell them to more than half of Utah schools.

Vol. 32, Issue 11, Page 5

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