The province of New Brunswick has unveiled new alterations to its school nutrition policy today.
It requires foods to be of a higher nutritional value; ie lower in saturated fat, sugar and sodium.
This new policy applies to vending machine food & snacks, canteens, breakfast/lunch programs, even fundraisers.
A study out of the University of New Brunswick shows that, over a period of 5 years, students that were barred from purchasing less nutritional foods weighed about 2lbs less on average than students who purchased whatever food they wanted — it showed improvements in younger children & teens, but not so much in more mature teens. Likely because they were allowed to leave school grounds during lunch have wider access to fast foods & less nutritional treats.