Last Updated: December 20, 2013Topic: School Nutrition
Increasing obesity rates, especially among children and adolescents, have focused the attention of parents and policy makers on ways to reverse the trend, including an examination of the foods that are available in schools.
NCA supports efforts to reduce childhood obesity, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative: “Let’s Move.” Childhood obesity is a complex health issue with a wide variety of contributing factors, including excess calorie consumption, sedentary lifestyles, lack of exercise, and time pressures on both parents and children. The key to maintaining a balanced diet and appropriate weight with confections, as with all foods, is to consume them in moderation, as part of an active lifestyle.
NCA understands that schools are a special environment and one in which parents are not present. NCA supports uniform federal nutrition standards for competitive foods sold in schools.