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Archive for September 4th, 2010

School lunch programs have become more than school lunch. Many schools provide afternoon snacks. They design programs to give children a nutritional boost in a structured and supervised environment that is safe, fun, and educational.

Not all schools participate in the afternoon snack program. For those that do, snacks must meet standard requirements. Children receive at least two servings of the following four components:

  • Milk
  • Meat or meat substitute such as peanut butter
  • Fruit or vegetable or full-strength fruit or vegetable juice
  • Whole grain or enriched bread or cereal

When after-school programs aren’t available and your child requires afternoon care from others, send a healthful snack to curb  hunger between lunch and dinner. Excellent choices include fruits or snack bars high in nutrients and low in sugar and fat.

Good eating habits, including snacks, formed in younger years pay dividends in better health in later years.

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