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School Leaders to Add Healthy Food Options in Classrooms

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MISSOULA -

Missoula school leaders are working on healthy standards for foods in cafeterias, vending machines and school stores.

They met at a summit at the University of Montana on Friday to address childhood obesity and discuss healthy food options in schools.

The summit was organized by a county-wide initiative called "Let's Move Missoula," aimed at reducing the childhood obesity rate from 27% to 7%.

School leaders said the goal of the summit was to come up with new ways to help kids graduate.

Heather Davis Schmidt, of Missoula Co. Public Schools, said, "We know that nutrition plays a huge role in that, so today was really about what are the environmental choices we can make in our schools to make that more successful for students."

Federal legislation called the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act will soon require schools to carry healthy food options.

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