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STATEMENT OF                            CONTACT:Gretchen Wrightor Molly Tomlinson
KRISTIN ROWE-FINKBEINER,                                                    202/371-1999
Executive Director and CEO,,
On the United States Department of Agriculture’s
Snack Rule
June 27, 2013

Moms Thank USDA for Helping Reduce Kids’ Access to Junk Food at School

“Moms understand how important it is to make sure that their kids have a nutritious diet and they do their best to provide it, but too often their efforts are undermined by junk food sold at school. That’s why the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools rule is so important to families and to ensuring our kids grow up healthy.
“We’re delighted that parents and others concerned about our kids’ health and welfare have such a strong ally in the USDA. The new Smart Snacks in Schools rule is an important step for improving kids' health, setting a minimum nutritional baseline for snacks and beverages sold in schools. These guidelines, combined with the earlier standards improving the nutritional value of school meals, will help schools support parents’ efforts to make sure their kids are eating right.
“With childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes at almost epidemic levels, the Smart Snacks in Schools rule is coming none too soon. That’s one of many reasons that members joined forces with other concerned parents and advocates to submit more than 200,000 comments in support of the rule.
“The Smart Snacks in Schools rule is going to go a long way toward ensuring that the next generation grows up healthy, strong and smart.”

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