News Summary: New rules aim at school junk food

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Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 27 at 2:01 PM

BYE BYE: High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items.

SCHOOL RULES: The Agriculture Department said Thursday that for the first time it will make sure that all foods sold in the nation's 100,000 schools are healthier by expanding fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits to almost everything sold during the school day.

THE BACKGROUND: The rules, required under a child nutrition law passed by Congress in 2010, are part of the government's effort to combat childhood obesity.

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