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Smart Snacks in School

We are focused on the health of our school environment. Our school district has established nutrition standards for all snacks sold in school by any entity, including parent/student organizations, teachers, boosters, fundraisers, or the food and nutrition services department.

These standards for snack sales are in effect from any time before school through 1/2 hour after school, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA and our district Wellness Policy. These standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating at school.

 

Healthy Snack Calculators

Is Your Snack a Smart Snack? Use the Smart Snacks Product Calculator to the left, developed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, to take the guesswork out of nutrition guidelines! Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your snack, side or entree item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines.

Kids often need snacks to help them get enough calories (ENERGY) throughout the day. Choosing healthy snacks that add nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, to their diets is essential. Smart snacking is a great way to meet daily nutrient requirements that may be missed at meal times.

Students in our district are offered healthier school meals with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Smart Snacks in School standards published by the USDA will build on those healthy advancements by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in school are tasty and nutritious.

 

District Vending and A la Carte

Did you know that St. Vrain Nutrition Services runs a healthy vending and a la Carte program in our middle and high schools? To ensure a healthy food environment, all vending machines and any a la carte items sold in the cafeteria are Smart Snack compliant.

In addition, despite the Colorado State Board of Education reversing the 2009 decision that banned all soda sales in Colorado public schools; St. Vrain is committed to the health of our students and will continue to keep diet soda out of our vending machines and a la carte lines.