by Elizabeth Harrington, CNS News:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled new requirements for snacks and vending machines in public schools on Thursday, banning donuts and soda-pop in favor of fruit cups and flavored water.
Stemming from First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign, public schools will have a year to comply with nutrition standards that include “More of the foods we should encourage” and “Less of the foods we should avoid.”
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, championed by Mrs. Obama, established the new standards, which go beyond school menus to include all food items sold in schools.
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