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Results of the third school nutrition dietary assessment study published
Date:1/31/2009

ent of school meals as offered and served, students' nutrient intakes on school days, foods offered in school meals and in breakfasts and lunches consumed by students and the availability and consumption of competitive foods in school.

Two further articles examine students' consumption of low-nutrient, energy-dense foods at home, school or other locations and the relationship of the school food environment to their dietary behaviors. Two final articles tie the SNDA-III results to the data on children's body mass index to assess the effects of the school meal programs, the school environment and dietary behaviors on children's weight status and child obesity. The Supplement closes with a summary of the findings and policy implications.

The Supplement is published with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Improving the nutritional quality of the foods that schools serve their students and holding officials accountable for that quality is critically important if the country hopes to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic," said C. Tracy Orleans, senior scientist and distinguished fellow at the Foundation. "Results from the latest national dietary assessment illustrate the progress that has been made as well as the problems we still confront. They definitely should help guide local, state and national policy-makers."


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