Give the American Dietetic Association (ADA) an “A” for effort. In the January 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the association issued a new Position Paper on local support for nutrition integrity in schools. Here is a summation of that position:
It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that the schools and the community have a shared responsibility to provide all students with access to high-quality foods and school-based nutrition services as an integral part of the total education program. Educational goals, including the nutrition goals of the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, should be supported and extended through school district wellness policies that create overall school environments that promote access to healthful school meals and physical activity and provide learning experiences that enable students to develop lifelong healthful eating habits.
The position paper goes on to specify how to improve
- school meal programs;
- vending machine foods in schools; and
- meal and recess scheduling.
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