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.
A version of this article appeared in the November 07, 2012 edition of Education Week as School Nutrition