Despite the recent implementation of Smart Snacks guidelines, one in three children in the U.S. still struggles with obesity.
SALT LAKE CITY (PRWEB) April 14, 2018
Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and is recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning.
In July 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) set new standards for snacks and drinks sold during school hours. These new nutritional guidelines, known as Smart Snacks in Schools, require schools to find ways to adhere to the new standards while maintaining profitability.
To meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards, snack foods sold in schools are required to have:
- less than 200 calories
- less than 35% saturated fat
- 0 grams of trans fat
- nutritional value instead of “empty calories”
Despite the recent implementation of Smart Snacks guidelines, one in three children in the U.S. still struggles with obesity. In addition to this startling statistic, one in two U.S. students do not receive physical education in an average week. In addition to the adverse physical effects of obesity, there are also educational ramifications; severely obese children miss school four times as often as children of a healthy weight.
Unfortunately, many schools lack the resources and support necessary to implement changes that can positively impact not only health outcomes for students, but also their readiness to learn and succeed in school and beyond. However, by partnering with like-minded companies, such as HealthyYOU Vending, healthy choices can be promoted in schools.
HealthyYOU Vending machines hold up to 21 different snack selections and nine drink selections. With more than 1,100 healthy snack and beverage options, schools and healthy vending operators are able to offer plenty of healthy vending machine snacks that appeal to students. HealthyYOU Vending machines are locally owned and operated, which means schools and students can give feedback on which products they like best.
Good nutrition at school is more important than ever, leading to improved focus and sustained energy, both of which kids need to stay focused. With a renewed focus on healthy choices and lifestyle, we can help all 130,000+ U.S. schools provide healthy foods, quality health, physical education and comprehensive physical activity.
For more information about HealthyYOU Vending, its entrepreneurial philosophy and the HealthyYOU Difference, go to http://www.healthyyouvending.com/.
HealthyYOU Vending is the world leader in the healthy vending industry. With their corporate offices located in Kaysville, Utah, everyone at HealthyYOU Vending is dedicated to making healthy snacks, drinks and food products available to people across North America. All company vending machines are privately manufactured in the United States at a state-of-the-art facility. Owner/Operator opportunities for serious-minded entrepreneurs are currently available.