- Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, kids eating breakfast at school must have access to low-fat milk. In addition, half of the grains in their breakfasts must be whole grains. In 2014-2015, the meal must be 100 percent whole grain. (Hello, oatmeal! Goodbye, Cap'n Crunch!)
- Schools have more flexibility with lunch portions this year, after students complained last year that new portion-control rules didn't give them enough food.
- Laws governing snacks sold at schools are set to come into effect for 2014-2015 as well. Snacks will soon have to meet certain upper caps for how many calories and how much fat, sugar and sodium they have. Meanwhile, many schools will try to get ahead by adjusting their snacks this year, Time reports. Some schools need time to adjust because they actually get a lot of revenue from selling students junk food. I'd guess my own high school—which, by the time my little brother was a student, had begun selling kids blended coffee drinks similar to Starbucks' Frappuccinos—could be one of those.
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