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Washoe County Schools Crack Down On School Food Nutrition

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County public schools are cracking down on snack restrictions in order to align with state and federal guidelines.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that the district is starting to enforce nutritional standards that were drafted in 2006 for food and drink offered during the school day. The guidelines limit salty, high-fat and sugary snacks as well as highly processed foods and other unhealthy things.

The mandate comes after the Nevada Department of Agriculture recently audited the district for its adherence to new standards. State officials, district personnel and public records show Washoe County is lagging in getting on healthy snacks to students.

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Federal laws have called for more healthy snacks in schools since 2004. In 2006 the Washoe County School Board set standards to meet those guidelines, but the district failed to enforce the change.