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Tear down this vending machine: US proposes school snack rules

Newly proposed rules would ban almost all sweet and greasy foods on school campuses with some exceptions, like bake sale fundraisers and a caloric limit on soft drinks instead of outright prohibition. Schools have 60 days to comment before the USDA finalizes the rules. 


Rules proposed by the government for the first time ever would make school snacks healthier. Here, Clara Zonis, front, and Kelsey Hiscock select food items from the lunch line of the cafeteria at Draper Middle School in Rotterdam, N.Y. in 2012.

Associated Press

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The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.

A study last year remarked that school snacks are a national security threat. The Christian Science Monitor's Modern Parenthood blog reported:

"More than 90,000 tons of junk food are being sold in American schools every year, is more than the weight of the aircraft carrier Midway.... former military leaders – including Richard Myers, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ,and James M. Loy, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security – called today for school districts to limit the sale of junk food and for national legislation to enforce those limits and to fund better school lunch options that are more appealing while still being nutritious. 

'This is not a spectator sport. It’s a team sport, a contact sport and we need parents on the team, but the reality is that kids are getting 40-50% of their calories in school daily,' Charles E. Milam, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy said at the organization’s release of the report in Washington today."


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