Study Finds Healthy Snacks Still Limited In Some U.S. Schools

Friday, November 2, 2012

U.S. school children searching for a healthy snack at school - perhaps an apple or some celery sticks - may find that a bag of potato chips is much easier to come by, a report released on Thursday said.

Students in states such as Connecticut and West Virginia have limited access to junk food like candy and chocolate on school grounds while those in Louisiana and Idaho can buy it in abundance, according to an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

U.S. childhood and adolescent obesity rates have more than tripled in the past 30 years. Schools, where kids consume most of the day's calories, are seen as a logical place to try reversing the trend.

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