The William J. Clinton Foundation recently announced that it has partnered with the American Heart Association to encourage food manufacturers to make school snacks healthier. The foundation, established by the former president, reached an agreement with several major food companies, including Kraft Foods Inc., Mars Inc., Campbell Soup Co., Groupe Danone SA and PepsiCo. Inc., to voluntarily establish and abide by guidelines for the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium in snack foods sold in school vending machines. Under the guidelines, most snacks won’t be allowed to derive more than 35% of their calories from fat or more than 10% from saturated fat. The sugar content for school snacks will be limited to 35%.
In May, the alliance reached an accord with beverage manufacturers to ban the sale of diet sodas and sports drinks in elementary and middle schools; an agreement that the Associated Press and Reuters say covers an estimated 87% of the soft-drink market in public and private schools.
For more information on the Clinton Foundation’s efforts to reduce childhood obesity, go to www.clintonfoundation.org.