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Poll Finds Majority of Parents Support Federal School Nutrition Standards

Poll Finds Majority of Parents Support Federal School Nutrition Standards

We know how students feel about new federal school nutrition standards, but what about the parents?

According to a new poll, conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Heart Association, a large amount of parents support the standards.

The Pew poll surveyed more than 1,000 parents with kids in public schools across the country. The poll found that seven in 10 parents back the national standards for both snacks and meals in schools, and 75 percent of parents believe salt should be limited in meals and 91 percent support the serving of fruit in schools. The poll also found that 80 percent of parents are concerned with the state of children's health, and 74 percent are concerned about childhood obesity. 

“It shows that a majority really agree about these healthy nutrition standards in schools,” said Jessica Donze Black, a child nutrition expert at Pew. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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