Good Child Nutrition Takes a Village

CHICAGO, Aug. 11 (UPI) — U.S. schools and communities share the responsibility to provide students with access to high-quality, affordable, nutritious food, nutrition experts say.

Registered dietitians Ethan A. Bergman of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., and Ruth Gordon of Gordon Consulting LLC in Atlanta wrote the updated position paper on local support for nutrition integrity for the American Dietetic Association, which is published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

“Nutrition integrity means that, when all foods and beverages are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and when nutrition education, physical activity and a healthful school environment are ensured, learning is enhanced and students develop lifelong, healthful eating habits,” the authors say in a statement.

The position paper says:

– School-based nutrition services, including the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, are part of a total education program.

– The Dietary Guidelines for Americans should apply to all foods and beverages sold or served to students during the school day.

– Strong local wellness policies promote healthy school environments and nutrition integrity.

– All children should eat breakfast.

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