Among other things, the report said that "even small changes to students' school-based diets — like replacing a candy bar with an apple — may reduce their risk of tooth decay, obesity and chronic illness through decreased calorie, fat and sugar intake at school." Children are also more likely to have enough to eat when they're not consuming less-filling snacks, it said.
One concern consistently expressed has been a decline in revenue, especially from vending machine sales that often backstop programs schools want to fund. The report found "districts would likely not see a decline in revenue."
The new guidelines go into effect July 2014.
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