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Competitive Foods and Beverages in U.S. Schools: A State Policy Analysis

Friday, February 1, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Dear Colleagues:

Today CDC's Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, released Competitive Foods and Beverages in U.S. Schools: A State Policy Analysis, which provides a snapshot of policies for competitive foods in schools in 39 states, as of October 2010, to determine their alignment with the 13 standards recommended in the 2007 Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way Toward Healthier Youth .

Key findings of the report, as of October 2010:

  • 39 states have a state law, regulation or policy related to the sale or availability of competitive foods and beverages in schools
  • No state policy fully aligned with all IOM Standards
  • The majority of policies were in the lower quartiles of alignment
  • In general, State policies for competitive foods and beverages for elementary school were more aligned with IOM Standards compared with policies for middle and high school

The report can be used to help support the implementation of evidence-based recommendations from the 2011 CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity , which encourage:

Learn more:

Competitive Foods and Beverages in U.S. Schools: A State Policy Analysis

Codebook for Assessing State Nutrition Policies for Competitive Foods in Schools

Competitive Foods in Schools

Fact Sheets on Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools

· For Parents, Guardians, Teachers and School Staff

· For School Boards, School Districts, and Other School Administrators

· For School Nutrition Service Personnel

· For Students

Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Schools: Financial Implications

Making It Happen! School Nutrition Success Stories

CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity


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