As the school year wraps up around the country, there's good news about healthy food in schools.
Did you know that kids get more than half of their daily calories during the day at school? Not just from the lunch they bring or get in the lunch room, but from vending machines and friends during the day.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundationa and the Pew Charitable Trust funded a report that shows that if school districts provide healthier food in vending machines and at lunch, they can maintain or increase revenues, while providing healthier food overall.
Many schools may be losing money from their food services departments when students buy snack foods instead of healthier breakfasts or lunches.Reducing the amount of unhealthy snacks in vending machines may help kids reduce their calories by the 150 per day they need to prevent childhood obesity.
Make sure your school is providing healthy food for your kids - and take a tip from this report at home this summer; reducing the amount of unhealthy, high-fat, high-salt, and high-sugar snacks at home may help your kids eat better at mealtimes!
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