First Lady Michelle Obama announces proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies and roll out of breakfast and lunch programs for schools that serve low-income communities in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 mandated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) set guidelines for what needed to be included in local school wellness policies in areas such as setting goals for nutrition education and physical activity, informing parents about content of the policy and implementation, and periodically assessing progress and sharing updates as appropriate. The proposed guidelines would ensure that foods and beverages marketed to children in schools are consistent with the recently released Smart Snacks in School standards and ensuring that unhealthy food is not marketed to children is one of the First Lady's top priorities. To help schools with the implementation of the school wellness policies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new 'School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources' website, which includes sample wellness policy language for school districts and a dedicated page of resources for food marketing practices on the school campus. USDA photo by Tom Witham.
April 21, 2014
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