Junk food checked out of school vending machines, student stores and cafeteria lines at all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Thursday, July 1st.

Guidelines for snack foods from the Obesity Prevention Motion, authored by LAUSD board member Marlene Canter and adopted by the district board of education unanimously in October, took effect at all schools in the district.

The guideline set specific limits on fat, sugar and sodium and will eliminate unhealthy snacks such as candy bars and potato chips that were sold on campuses.

“I’m thrilled to have reached this point — it’s another step forward in the fight against childhood obesity,” said Canter.

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., according to health officials.

In order to ease the transition, Canter held a workshop last month with school financial managers to help them understand the new rules as well as provide an opportunity for vendors to show off new products that meet the new guidelines.

Several vendors have already developed products that specifically meet the school district guidelines and more are in development.

Soft drinks were eliminated from district schools in January.

Canter is currently working with the school district food services department to improve the selection, quality and healthfulness of food offered in school cafeterias.

A list of guidelines and currently approved snacks is available at:

http://cafe-la.lausd.k12.ca.us/

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and approved beverages at http://cafe-la.lausd.k12.ca.us/

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