Health Problems

Unhealthy Choices at School

Things have changed for school children, but have not improved much. The SHPPS (School Health Policies and Programs Study) for 2000 at reported that many foods available to students in school are high in fat, sodium, and added sugars. For example, 62.8% of all milk ordered by schools in a typical week is high in fat (whole or 2% milk). In addition, 43.0% of elementary schools, 73.9% of middle/junior high schools, and 98.2% of senior high schools have either a vending machine or a school store, canteen, or snack bar where students can purchase food or beverages—most commonly soft drinks, sports drinks, or fruit juices that are not 100% juice; salty snacks that are not low in fat; and cookies and other baked goods that are not low in fat.