Rules Would Make School Snacks Healthier

While many schools have already made improvements in their lunch menus and vending machine choices, others are still selling high-fat, high-calorie foods.

While many schools have already made improvements in their lunch menus and vending machine choices, others are still selling high-fat, high-calorie foods.

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Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, has been working to take junk foods out of schools since the 1990s. He calls the availability of unhealthy foods around campus a "loophole" that undermines the taxpayer money that helps pay for the healthier subsidized lunches.

"USDA's proposed nutrition standards are a critical step in closing that loophole and in ensuring that our schools are places that nurture not just the minds of American children, but their bodies as well," Harkin said.

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