Published Online: June 3, 2014
Published in Print: June 4, 2014, as Student Nutrition

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“USDA Snack Food and Beverage Standards: How Big of a Stretch for the States?”

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A study of state policies on snacks in schools during the 2012-13 school year, published last month in Childhood Obesity, says that 38 states had snack food and beverage standards.

No state law fully met the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new standards. Sixteen states fully met at least one provision for snacks, set to go into effect July 1. Ten states' laws partially met at least one, and seven states' laws met no USDA provisions.

A state might partially meet a standard by matching or surpassing USDA's rules for elementary school students, but not older children, for example.

On average, states met four of 18 provisions, says the study, which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Vol. 33, Issue 33, Page 5

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