Smart Snacks in Schools will be implemented 2014

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Beginning next school year, Griffin-Spalding County School System will implement “Smart Snacks in School” standards, which will offer healthier snack options for students during the school day.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools — beyond the federally-supported meals programs. The “Smart Snacks in School” rule is a set of nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold in schools. Once implemented, the guidelines will ensure that snacks in all vending machines, school stores, a la carte lines, and snack bars are healthy.

In compliance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, Griffin-Spalding County schools began serving healthier school lunches this year. The “Smart Snacks in School” standards will build on those healthy advancements to ensure that students are only offered nutritious foods during the school day.

“Parents work hard to ensure their students grow up healthy and these efforts should not be undone when they go to school. By providing healthy options throughout our cafeterias, vending machines, and snack bars we are supporting parents’ efforts and ensuring that our children grow to reach their fullest potential,” said Laura Youmans, school nutrition director.

Highlights of the “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards include:

Requiring more of the foods we should encourage such as whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and leaner protein and providing food items that are lower in fat, sugar, and sodium.

Parents are still able to send their students to school with homemade lunches or treats for activities such as birthday parties, holidays, and other celebrations and schools can continue traditions like fundraisers and bake sales. Foods sold at afterschool sporting events or other activities will not be subject to these requirements.

The intent of the standard is not to limit or eliminate snack items but instead provide snack foods for students that are healthier. Chips can be replaced with baked or reduced-fat chips, light popcorn, nuts or 100-calorie snack mixes; regular sodas replaced with zero calorie soda or flavored water; candy bars adn ice creams can be replaced with granola bars and frozen yogurt and fruit smoothies.

“By working together and supporting “Smart Snacks in School” we are instilling healthy habits in our students and building a better future for them and our community,” stated Dr. Jones, school superintendent. Ω

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Comments

  1. Why did the school system need the federal government to tell them to do this? Why had they not done it on their own? Might have something to do with getting federal money?

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