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Government aims to make school snacks healthier

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The Federal Government is trying to help parents keep an eye on what their kids are eating with new school snack standards.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier.

The new standards would ban the sale of candy, sugary sports drinks and greasy foods at schools.

The department wants schools to replace the unhealthy food in vending machines and replace them with lower calorie alternatives.

Scottsbluff High School has been along for the nutritional ride, adding more fruits, veggies and whole grains to their menus this year.

Scottsbluff Public School's Food Service Director Janeen Pierce says she thinks the new standards would be a good step.

"Well, it's true I think the kids will go out and get what they want but it's a good step in the right direction to try and control it here at school," Pierce said.

The soonest the rules could be in place would be 2014.

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