USDA’s new nutrition standards mean healthier food options in school vending machines and snack bars

June 27, 2013, USDA Office of Communications

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on June 27 that under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, America’s students will be offered healthier food options during the school day.

“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Parents and schools work hard to give our youngsters the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong, and providing healthy options throughout school cafeterias, vending machines, and snack bars will support their great efforts.”

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools — beyond the federally-supported meals programs. The “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards…reflect USDA’s thoughtful consideration and response to the nearly 250,000 comments received on the proposal earlier this year. Continue reading

IOM to host a public workshop on national nutrition education curriculum standards

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Planning Committee for National Nutrition Education Curriculum Standards will host a two-day public workshop on March 11-12, 2013. The workshop will feature invited experts presentations and panel discussions that will:

  • Explore the merits and potential uses of a set of national nutrition education curriculum standards and learning objectives for elementary and secondary school children
  • Identify current and promising practices
  • Consider the most important attributes of national  standards
  • Suggest approaches to build acceptance and use among educators

This workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Registration is required and seating will be limited.

View the workshop agenda.

Register for the workshop.

For more information visit the workshop’s webpage on the IOM site.