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The Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards support better health for our kids and echo the good work already taking place in schools across the country. The new standards preserve flexibility for time-honored traditions like fundraisers and bake sales, and provide ample transition time for schools. USDA is committed to working closely with students, parents, school stakeholders and the food and beverage industries to implement the new guidelines, and make the healthy choice the easy choice for Americaís young people.

Highlights of the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards include:

-- More of the foods we should encourage.
-- Less of the foods we should avoid.
-- Targeted beverage standards allowing variation by age group.
-- Flexibility for important traditions.
-- Ample time for implementation.

First Lady Michelle Obama

"Many parents are working hard every day to make sure they provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to their kids. Unfortunately, we donít always have control over the snacks our kids have access to when theyíre away from home. Thatís why, as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy."

-- First Lady Michelle Obama

Interim Final Rule
  -- Press Release
  -- Proposed Rule Comprehensive Summary and Analysis
  -- Comments on the Interim Final Rule
Letter from Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack and Secretary of Education Duncan (10/13)
Smart Snacks in School: USDA's "All Foods Sold in School" Standards
Smart Snacks in School Infographic
Interim Final Rule: Questions & Answers
Summary of Standards
Issue Briefs
-- Flexibility for Entrees Served as Part of National School Lunch and School Breakfast
-- Beverage Options
-- Fundraisers
TV Feature
USDA Blog: A Healthier Generation Through Smart Snacks in Schools
Radio/Press Conference
USDA's Smart Snacks in School Presentation (PDF)

Last modified: 11/01/2013