Tuesday, October 13, 2015
SCHOOLS VARY IN COMPLYING WITH NUTRITION STANDARDS
Although USDA data show that over 95% of schools are meeting new school nutrition standards to cut back on sugar and sodium in foods and add more fruit and vegetables, some schools have asked Congress to delay some of the rules. School officials, public health advocates, and even former military officials say this move would set back efforts to fight childhood obesity. USDA is helping schools meet the standards by partnering schools that are doing well with those that are not. In addition, the department has provided $98 million to help schools buy equipment and pay for training. But the latest USDA data show that about $28 million of the money remains unspent. It is unclear why states are not spending money.
Source: New York Times, 10/7/15, School Nutrition Standards