Since the Academy and others recommended replacing sweetened beverages in schools with healthier options in 2004, schools have made tremendous strides in improving school meals and nutrition policies. However, the nutritional quality of foods brought to school by students, parents and staff remains an issue, according to a new AAP policy statement Snacks, Sweetened Beverages, Added Sugars and Schools (

Pediatricians can serve as a resource, providing guidance on incorporating a variety of nutrient-rich foods into the diet, according to the policy.

Students obtain food and beverages in schools from three venues: federally sponsored meals sold by schools; products sold in vending machines, school stores and a la carte lines that compete with school meals; and items brought to school in packed lunches and snacks or for events, such as fundraisers, class parties and sporting activities.

“In 2004, our concern...

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