BOX 6-1

Key Elements for Success

  1. Awareness and understanding of the standards by personnel in schools, school boards, school district administrators, parents, students, health professionals and child advocates, state agencies, state boards of education and legislatures, Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Education, food and beverage industry, and vendors.

  2. Actions taken to implement nutrition standards by those same personnel, potentially including

    • Supportive legislation at federal,state, and/or local levels

    • Supportive regulations issued by federal, state, and/or local agencies

    • Technical and financial support as needed

    • Incorporation of standards into school wellness policies

    • Development of food and beverage products that meet standards

  1. Changes in food availability in schools, including

    • Products offered in à la carte, in vending machines, stores, and snack bars consistent with the standards

    • Products used in celebrations, fundraising, and after-school activities consistent with the standards

  1. Changes in children’s food and beverage sources and intake during the extended school day, including

    • Improved product profile (e.g., servings of food groups, types of beverages, etc.)

    • Improved nutrient composition of children’s diets

dietary intake of children during the school day. Each of these is elaborated upon below, including specific suggestions for implementation and tracking of progress over time.

Awareness and Understanding of Standards

Awareness and understanding of the standards by personnel in schools, school boards, school district administrators, state agencies, state boards of education and legislatures, Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), food and beverage industry and vendors, as well as health professionals, child advocates, parents, and children are essential to implementation.

In recent years, many schools and local, state, and federal legislatures, as well as other agencies, have implemented a variety of model nutrition standards. The first step, therefore, is for the committee’s recommendations to be disseminated and compared to current standards. In many cases, this



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