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Healthy Food in Schools Bill Headed to SC House

 

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Eat Smart Move More SC continues its legislative efforts to ensure our children have a healthy school food environment with the Healthy Food in Schools Bill (S.484). Sponsored by State Senator Katrina Shealy, S.484 will help schools, parents and communities play an active role in school nutrition and healthy choices for students.

“We know that creating a healthy school food environment is critically important in S.C., which has the second highest obesity rate in the United States for youth ages 10-17,” said Coleman Tanner, MPH, CHES, campaign coordinator at ESMMSC. “Promoting healthy food in schools is a win-win for schools and kids because healthy kids are better learners.”

S. 484 has two components:

  1. Update South Carolina’s nutrition standards to meet those set by the USDA and ensure they are regularly updated with the USDA guidelines. Doing this gives all students throughout the state equal access to healthy foods and helps prevent and address disparities.
  2. Require all schools to report on compliance in existing school health improvement plans. Making this information public allows the community to understand how schools are meeting nutrition standards.

“We know SC parents strongly support nutrition standards for school food,” said Tanner, “and that’s why we are pushing for this bill to pass in the General Assembly.”

According to a survey of S.C. parents last fall, 77% of parents said they support national standards for schools meals. Additionally, 75% support standards for snacks in schools; 82% are concerned about the state of children’s health; and 79% are concerned about childhood obesity.

The Healthy Food in Schools Bill (S.484) is currently headed to the S.C. House for the 2016 session! Learn more about the Healthy Food in Schools Bill (S.484).