Few schools adhered to USDA nutrition standards before 2013

November 17, 2014 10:15 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Before the U.S. Department of Agriculture set strict standards for nutrition for federally reimbursable lunch programs, less than two percent of middle or high schools would have measured up.

The absence of certain standards was associated with youth obesity, according to a new study. Full implementation of the program, which should be happening now, may have a notable impact on adolescent health, though this study did not address implementation of the program, the authors write.

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