The third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study (SNDA-III) places highly functional information in the hands of food service and nutrition professionals. SNDA-III is the most comprehensive study yet conducted of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP).
In this perspective, a nutrition professional summarizes key findings of SNDA-III in several categories: school lunch, school breakfast and competitive foods. Bullet point lists identify pieces of information the author deems especially significant. Researchers will find a list of practical implications and basic recommendations based on revelations of SNDA-III (e.g., vary portion sizes to better meet the nutrition needs of various age groups/grade levels.)
- More than 90 percent of schools offered breakfasts that met standards for key nutrients.
- Few schools provided lunches that met the fiber recommendations in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. No schools met the recommended sodium limitations.
- Most schools have not developed local wellness policies to regulate competitive foods.
The information available here consolidates findings from articles in the SNDA-III supplement. More detailed analyses will be found in source articles.
- 1. The Third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study
- 2. A Practice Perspective on the Third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study
- 3. Evaluation's Vital Role in Healthier School Meals
- 4. Meals Offered and Served in US Public Schools
- 5. Nutritional Quality of the Diets of US Public School Children and the Role of the School Meal Programs
- 6. Availability and Consumption of Competitive Foods in US Public Schools
- 7. School Meals
- 8. Consumption of Low-Nutrient, Energy-Dense Foods and Beverages at School, Home, and Other Locations Among School Lunch Participants and Nonparticipants
- 9. School Food Environments and Practices Affect Dietary Behaviors of US Public School Children
- 10. Association Between School Food Environment and Practices and Body Mass Index of U.S. Public School Children
- 11. School Breakfast Program But Not School Lunch Program Participation is Associated with Lower Body Mass Index