February 28, 2013

Editorial: Healthier snacks in our schools


▶ Allows schools to continue traditions like occasional fundraisers and bake sales.

▶ Ensures that standards only affect foods that are sold on campus during the school day. Foods sold at after-school sporting events or other activities aren’t covered.

▶ Allows local and regional autonomy by establishing only minimum requirements. States and schools that have stronger standards will be able to maintain their own policies.

The new standards won’t start until at least one full school year after public comment is considered and rules are published, so schools and vendors have time to adapt.

The leaders and food-service personnel from schools in this area have shown that they care about the health and well-being of their students. They see first-hand the effects on children of poor eating habits.

We urge those schools that haven’t already eliminated unhealthy snacks to act on this important initiative before the USDA deadline.

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