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School Districts Are Making Strides In Implementing Healthier Cafeteria Policies

August 17, 2010: 11:46 AM EST
School cafeterias in the U.S. are implementing healthier food choice policies, according to a survey of school foodservice directors in 44 states by the School Nutrition Association. The survey found that even though costs have been rising, schools are serving more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, and are making “tremendous strides” in cutting added sodium (69 percent) and sugar (66 percent) in lunch line foods. Almost all districts (95 percent) offer whole grain products and a large majority (90.5 percent) say they are boosting availability of fresh fruits and vegetables. Lagging behind, however, are vegetarian options: only 51 percent of school districts include these on the menu. Two thirds of districts with vending machines in schools are increasing the availability of healthier beverages.
School Nutrition Association, "2010 Back to School Trends Report", Survey report, SNA, August 17, 2010, © School Nutrition Association
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