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USDA wants to ban junk food in school vending machines

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How about some healthier snacks for the kids? The federal government is making a move to ban the sale of almost all candy, salty snacks, and high-calorie sports drinks on school campuses.

Schools are chock full of rules on what to do and what not to do. This new rule though will change one of the most favorite times of day – lunch.

"As a food that is sold in vending and a la carte, they're asking to limit the amount of sugar and fat to no more than 35 percent of the calories and the individual item, 200 calories or less," says Tammy Baker, registered dietician.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed the new rule -- to move the junk food out and the healthy in -- like water, diet sodas and baked chips. Also added to the menu -- fruit cups and yogurt.

"They're just trying to show these are the foods that are healthy, these are the foods that are needed for a healthy diet, going to help keep you from being overweight or obese."

Although this move by the feds would be a broad new standard to make school snacks healthier, school fundraisers would be spared.

"They don't apply to school fundraisers, bake sales, so it's really just trying to give deadlines to the environment. On a day to day basis there's still room for treats," says Baker.

Treats that are less than 200 calories in all schools.

Also, at the elementary and middle schools, your only options are to buy water, low-fat milk, or 100 percent vegetable juice. High schools would be allowed to sell some low-calorie sports drinks, but those would be limited.

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