News Summary: New rules aim at school junk food

New healthy snack rules aim to rid nation's schools of junk foods, could be in place next year

Associated Press

BYE BYE: High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items.

SCHOOL RULES: The Agriculture Department said Thursday that for the first time it will make sure that all foods sold in the nation's 100,000 schools are healthier by expanding fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits to almost everything sold during the school day.

THE BACKGROUND: The rules, required under a child nutrition law passed by Congress in 2010, are part of the government's effort to combat childhood obesity.

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