WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Healthier food options will be coming to schools near you!
On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced that the USDA has developed stricter nutrition standards for schools.
The "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards were developed after the revision of many comments received on The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
It is an attempt to combat child hunger and obesity in schools as well as improve nutrition and promote healthier food choices among families. Smart Snacks in Schools is flexible and allows for traditions such as birthday snacks to still prevail. However, it uses science based nutrition standards in order to create healthy meals for students and appropriately stock vending machines.
There are many new nutrition standards that are a part of Smart Snacks in School. It encourages the use of more whole grains, low fat dairy, fruit, vegetables, and lean protein. It also will lessen the availability of sugar, high sodium products, caffeine, and high fat products. Schools will have a full year to make the changes in their lunchrooms and around campus. Schools with stronger standards will be able to upload those as well.