Study finds schools statewide are selling healthier snack options
Boston Magazine - 08/03/2015
In 2012, Massachusetts passed a new set of school nutrition standards mandating which foods should be sold in public middle and high schools statewide. With no financial incentives and little technical assistance from the state, schools were asked to implement those guidelines within their own facilities—and most actually did.
Those are the results of a study led by Northeastern University psychology professor Jessica Hoffman. After examining the “competitive foods”—that is, foods that compete with school meal programs, like those sold from vending machines or school stores—available in 74 schools statewide, Hoffman and her team found that 69 percent of foods and 80 percent of beverages currently available meet state nutrition standards, which mostly seek to limit fat, sugar, and calories.