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How State Boards Can Be Smarter About ‘Smart Snacks’ Implementation

Starting this July, all states must comply with the Smart Snacks rule of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. The policy, governed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), sets healthier nutrition standards for all foods sold on a school campus during the school day—not just the traditional lunches and breakfasts long subsidized through the federal school lunch program. These “competitive foods” are usually sold in vending machines, school stores, and through extracurricular fundraisers.

What do state policymakers —including state board members — need to know about these new guidelines? How can they take action to implement Smart Snacks, while also helping schools in their state prepare for some of the potential challenges ahead?

Join NASBE June 17, 2014, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (EDT) for an online, interactive discussion with Nancy Lyons, Policy Analyst, Child Nutrition Programs, Food and Nutrition Service at USDA. Lyons will explain the Smart Snacks rule and be available to answer specific questions about the guidelines. State board members participating in this discussion are encouraged to ask questions and share the ways that their state has taken action.

Please inquire about the recording of this webinar.