A recent study found schools could adopt healthier competitive food options without detriment to food-service revenue. The study aims to inform future USDA school nutrition policy. The challenge is in offering choices kids want to eat and buy.
WILMINGTON -- The vending machine in the locker room is prime competition. So is the food served a la carte in the cafeteria. They are trying to win over students' appetites and their dollars.
The dollars go back into schools as revenue, but empty calories go onto children's waistlines and may be contributing to an increase in obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Meanwhile, the USDA requires schools to offer increasingly healthier options through the national school lunch program. ...