Will Ensure More Nutritious Foods for Kids, Help Fight Obesity

 

NEW HAVEN, CT--Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) issued the following statement today on a proposed rule outlining nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools that participate in the school meals program.  Commonly known as the ‘competitive foods’ rule,  this proposal sets minimum, science based nutrition standards for all foods sold during the school day.  This includes foods sold outside of the school meals program, including a la carte lines and vending machines. 

 

“These proposed standards are a critical step forward in improving the nutritional quality of foods sold to our children in schools.  For the first time, food sold outside of the school meal programs must meet minimum nutritional guidelines,” said DeLauro.  “I am especially encouraged by the landmark steps forward on sugar and sodium.  This proposal must not be weakened and should be implemented in a timely manner.”

 

This proposed rule was required by the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, which was signed into law on December 13, 2010.

 

These science based nutrition standards are critical, as research indicates children’s diets do not meet dietary recommendations for nutrition and good health.  At the same time, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more than one-third of American children were overweight or obese in 2010.  In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled among kids in the U.S.

 

Additional information on competitive foods may be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.  The proposed rule may be found at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website here.