Monday, February 4, 2013

USDA Proposes Standards to Provide Healthy Food Options in Schools

The USDA today announced the public comment period has opened on proposed new standards to ensure that children have access to healthy food options in school. CDPHE and its healthy food access partners have long awaited this decision to expand healthy food choices for Colorado students.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. The "Smart Snacks in School" proposed rule, to be published soon in the Federal Register, is the first step in the process to create national standards. Proposed standards draw on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, existing voluntary standards already implemented by thousands of schools around the country, and healthy food and beverage offerings already available in the marketplace. 

To review the proposal and provide comments, click HERE

To provide feedback once the rule is published in the Federal Register, click HERE.

For more information on the proposed rule, click HERE for an FAQ.

.For highlights of the proposed rules, click HERE for the USDA Press Release.

For a look at what states are doing on policy, click HERE for the CDC.

To read The New York Times article on proposed standards, click HERE.

For more information on CDPHE activities, contact Susan Motika.

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