Utah schools will soon scrap vending machine treats

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In grade school, a sugary kick started Daniel Meza’s day.

"I just remember doughnuts for breakfast" in the school cafeteria, he said. Come junior high, they gave way to French toast and hash browns. Now, Utah students across the state can choose apples, milk and whole grain waffles to take on the run.

"It’s good that they’re giving us healthier stuff," said Meza, 15, a West High sophomore. The evolution shows Utah has gained ground in a nationwide battle to improve school fare and cater to students on the go.

But an incoming set of federal rules poses a new challenge: Next school year, rules will limit vending machines — and club fundraisers or other events on school property — to popcorn, trail mix, natural fruit juice and other more-healthful options.

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