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Fatty Snacks are Urged to Get Out of Schools

Summed up by: Rachele Cermak

A new report by the Institute of Medicine, requested by congress, proposes a set of nutritional standards for "competitive" foods and drinks sold in schools to raise money.

The standards would be applied to the a la carte and vending machine foods which compete with the nutritionally regulated school lunch program. The standards would promote consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nonfat or low-fat dairy products and limit the amount of saturated fat, salt, added sugars, and total calories.

Child obesity is on the rise in America. This is a way to try and stop the problem.

The Department of Agriculture, which sets the standards for school lunches, currently has no authority to regulate snacks, but nine senators are co-sponsoring the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act to give it that power.