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Parental Take on School Nutrition Standards: They like it in CA!

smart snacks in schoolsPew Charitable Trust just released data on parental view of School Nutrition Standards in California...

Three in 4 parents of school-age children in California support current national nutrition standards for food and drinks sold in schools, according to a poll released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The California Endowment. The standards are backed by large majorities of Republicans and Democrats and receive particularly strong support from Latino parents.

The statewide poll was conducted Sept. 23 to Oct. 1 and included interviews with 905 registered voters who are parents of public school students. Among the findings:

  • 76 percent of parents—and 86 percent of Latino parents—support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s updated school meal nutrition standards, which were implemented in the 2012-13 school year.
  • 75 percent back USDA’s “Smart Snacks” standards. These guidelines took effect July 1 and set minimum nutrition requirements for foods and beverages sold through vending machines, school stores, and a la carte cafeteria menus.
  • 66 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Democrats endorse the meal standards, and the Smart Snacks standards earn virtually the same level of bipartisan support (65 and 84 percent, respectively).
  • 77 percent say the main priority in school meal programs should be serving children healthy and nutritious food, while only 11 percent think it should be ensuring that schools do not lose money on these programs.
  • 93 percent agree that serving nutritious school foods help prepare children to perform academically.70 percent are concerned about childhood obesity. One in 3 children in California is overweight or obese. Research shows that children living in states with strong school nutrition standards are more likely to maintain healthier weights.

We like to think that the rest of the nation is in agreement! And we think the last line says it all - lunch standards helps promote healthier weights and with any luck that's a lifetime change!


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