For Immediate Release Contact: Andrew SousaJune 27, 2013 (202) 265-5112
New standards will help ensure healthier options in schools nationwide
WASHINGTON—Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, announced support for the interim final rule released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that helps ensure that all snacks and drinks sold in vending machines, school stores and alongside school meals in the cafeteria are healthy.
“Millions of children will benefit from having healthier options because of the updated USDA standards for snacks and drinks sold in schools—where many of our kids consume up to half their daily calories,” said Maya Rockeymoore, director of Leadership for Healthy Communities. “Policy changes that make it easier for kids and families to eat healthier foods are helping to improve the health of our communities, and it’s important that schools implement these new standards as quickly as possible.”