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School foods report cards fault nutrition policies in schools
Detail: The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit nutrition and food safety watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., evaluated school nutrition policies across states and issued school foods report cards. Twenty-three states scored an F, and eight others received a D after school policies regarding foods and beverages sold in campus vending machines, school stores and school fundraisers were evaluated. The evaluation, however, excluded school meal programs.

Kentucky received the nation's highest grade, an A-, where school vending machines are filled with bottled water and dried fruit instead of soda and snack cakes. Kentucky limits students to milk, water, juices and beverages low in sugar from vending machines or school stores during school hours, officials reported. Regular potato chips, candy bars and snack cakes are also off limits.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a collaboration between the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation and the American Heart Association, brokered a deal with soft drink makers to limit the types of beverages sold to schools. Hence, soda is likely to be less common in schools in coming years.
Source: Based on a story by the Associated Press on June 20, 2006 in The New York Times
Date: June 22 2006