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Help Make Florida School Meals an "Easy A"

by Julie H. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Education isn’t easy. It takes a lot to master reading, writing, arithmetic and the skills that turn children into productive and successful adults. Add in the pressures of growing up, and there’s already plenty on a kid’s plate. The last thing they need is more junk food at school that will distract them from making healthy choices.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is working on the state rule now. Click here to let them know what they can do to make our schools healthier.

In 2013, the USDA released updated nutrition standards for snack and a la carte foods and beverages—the entrees, snacks and beverages sold in schools outside of the main National School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs. These snack and a la carte foods and beverages, often found in places like snack bars and vending machines, tend to be higher in calories and lower in nutritional value than what the main cafeteria line has to offer.

The updated standards, called “Smart Snacks in School,” are a great start toward giving our kids the healthy choices they need in school. We need your help to create state and local policies that will ensure these standards are implemented in order to make healthy snacks a reality in every school in the country. Picking out nutritious snacks at school shouldn't be hard.

Please join us in our effort to make food choices an “easy A.”

 

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