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Document Number: 7497

Nutrition Standards For Foods in Schools: Leading the Way Toward Healthier Youth - Federally reimbursable school nutrition programs have been an important means for ensuring that students have daily access to fruits, vegetables, whole-grain-based products and nonfat or low-fat dairy products during the school day. There are an increasing number of opportunities for students to eat and drink, including la carte services, vending machines, school stores, snack bars, concession stands, classroom or school celebrations, achievement rewards, after-school programs and other venues. This report provides recommendations to help ensure that offerings in these venues are consistent with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for America and, in particular, to help children and adolescents meet the guidelines for consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nonfat or low-fat dairy products. (Institute of Medicine, April 2007)...

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