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New Nutrition Standards Coming To Massachusetts Schools

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts health officials are set to approve what could be some of the toughest school nutrition standards in the country.

The Public Health Council is scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider the changes that would apply to all food sold or provided at school a la carte lines, vending machines, school stores, events, and fundraisers during the school day.

Health officials said the regulations will meet or exceed the strongest standards in the nation, and could improve the eating habits of a million Massachusetts public school students.

The changes were prompted by a 2010 state law designed to encourage the state's elementary and high schools to offer healthier food choices.

Supporters say they hope the new regulations will help combat the rise of childhood obesity in Massachusetts.

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