The Alliance Is Aligning Its Resources to Support USDA’s Smart Snacks Guidelines
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is supportive of federal guidelines for student’s foods and beverages progressing in a manner that continues to move towards consistent healthy options – not just in the cafeteria, but in vending machines, school stores, snack carts and after school snacks. USDA’s Smart Snacks in School, released this summer, sets nutrition standards for all snacks and beverages sold to students throughout the school day. These nutrition standards must be implemented beginning July 1, 2014, and we are encouraging schools to get ahead of the curve and start today! We are also encouraging out-of-school time providers, both school and community based, to use these same nutrition standards.
The Alliance’s Competitive Foods and Beverage Guidelines have been in place since 2006, providing a platform and evidence of success that helped to pave the way for new federal requirements. Now that national guidelines are in place, we are officially transitioning our tools and resources to support implementation of the new national standards for snacks and beverages.
Over the next few months, look for revised materials, tools and resources to help you meet the federal requirements.
While we are in the process of updating our materials, we are conveying one message to schools and vendors alike…Don’t wait! Start making changes today! We know that changes to snacks and beverages take time. The sooner schools start down the path, the better prepared they will be when the standards go into effect July 1, 2014. Although our materials are under construction, we are here to help. We have experts ready to get schools and out-of-school time sites started today implementing the Smart Snacks nutrition standards. Visit healthiergeneration.org/smartsnacks for a Step-by-Step guide for making change.
Reach out today and check back often for new tools and resources.