Pew and RWJF Release Research on Competitive Foods

New research from Pew and RWJF has concluded that updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools could help students maintain a healthy weight and increase food service revenue.  The health impact assessment (HIA) comes as the USDA is preparing to issue policies requiring that food and beverages sold outside of federal school meal programs meet minimum nutrition standards. Based upon the rigorous research conducted by the HIA, the project recommends that the USDA: establish nutrition standards for all foods sold regularly onsite during the school day and that are outside of the USDA meal programs; set nutrition guidelines for all beverages sold on school grounds; and
adopt policies and practices that ensure effective implementation of the standards.
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