Schools look to adapt new healthy snacks guideline - KOTA Territory News

Schools look to adapt new healthy snacks guideline

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President Barack Obama and his administration have released their nutritional rules for snack foods at schools. Now a KOTA Territory school is looking to pair the new guidelines with exercise to keep its students healthier.

Southwest Middle School administrators say their on board with the new guidelines which set minimum requirements for fats and calories allowed, limits the sugary drinks and suggests school offer low–fat and whole grain snacks.

Brian Moser, assistant principal of Southwest Middle School, says the school working to limit vending machine snacks to 200 calories or less. Moser says the school also has a number of exercise incentive programs to keep both students and staff healthy. The school kicked-off its Biggest Loser competition on Monday.

"The Biggest Loser program is just an incentive for us to role model to not only all the teachers and staff but to our students that we are going to live healthier lifestyles as well," said Moser.

"I think it's a really great idea," added Jill Mitchell, a 6th and 7th grade teacher. "I think the obesity problem is definitely a concern and I think we can get more kids eating healthy and active."

The public will have two months to comment on the Obama administration's rules before they are finalized for the next school year.

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