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Healthier School Snacks on the Way

Once again, schools are joining the fight against teen obesity. Last year, the U.S. developed healthier guidelines for school lunches. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing new guidelines for school vending machines, snack bars, and à la carte lines. The aim is to boost nutrients while cutting back on sugar, salt, and extra calories. This means less junk foods and more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The rules won’t affect what you bring to school, and don’t apply to events after school hours. Currently, a quarter of Canadian students and a third of American students are overweight or obese. Some students eat half of their day’s calories at school, so healthier options at school can lead to big improvements in student health.

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