WASHINGTON (June 27, 2013)--High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items.
The Agriculture Department announced Thursday that for the first time it will make sure that all foods sold in the nation's 100,000 schools are healthier by expanding fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits to almost everything sold during the school day including snacks sold around the school and foods on the "a la carte" line in cafeterias, which have never been regulated before.
The new rules, proposed in February and made final this week, also would allow states to regulate student bake sales.
"Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
"Parents and schools work hard to give our youngsters the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong, and providing healthy options throughout school cafeterias, vending machines, and snack bars will support their great efforts."
The rules were required under a child nutrition law passed by Congress in 2010.