The Results Are In – 2010 School Nutrition Law has Resulted in Healthier Food Options in Massachusetts Schools; Federal Standards Under Attack

A recent study released by Northeastern University shows impressive results after just one year of implementation of the 2010 School Nutrition Law. MPHA and our members worked hard to see the passage of the 2010 School Nutrition Law which was needed to address the prevalence of unhealthy foods being sold in Massachusetts schools.

Schools are not penalized for noncompliance yet the study showed an impressive increase in compliant food and beverage choices after the first year of implementation. According to the study conducted by researchers at Northeastern University, Har­vard University’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Bran­deis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management, only 13 percent of the competitive foods sold in middle schools met nutrition standards before the law went into effect. After one year that number jumped to 69 percent. In high schools the number of healthy beverages offered jumped from 28 to 80 percent.

Read Northeastern University’s article on the study.

Read WBUR article: Report: Ban On Junk Food In Mass. Schools Is Working

As standards for Massachusetts schools are showing positive results, federal school nutrition standards have recently come under attack. The Senate tucked a provision into the FY2016 Agriculture Spending Bill to exempt schools from serving whole grains and prevent the next phase of sodium reduction in school lunches.  The House of Representatives did the same earlier last month.

To learn more from The Center for Science in the Public Interest and to take action against the attack on federal school nutrition standards, click here.