Fox said the biggest challenge may be assigning responsibility at the local level to make sure the regulations is implemented correctly. Many nutrition personnel at schools may already feel hard-pressed to meet new nutrition guidelines.
“It will just be a matter of how to manage that and administer it,” she said.
The USDA has launched a new website to help schools implement school wellness policies, according to the release.
The agency also announced that, beginning July 1, more than 22,000 schools across the country — which serve primarily low-income students — will be eligible to serve healthy free lunches and breakfasts to all students. The agency said in the release that will help as many as 9 million children eat healthy meals at school, according to the release. More information about the program is available online.