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February 13, 2015

Bake Sales Wane as School Fundraisers Get Healthier

Healthy-eating trends and new federal-government nutrition standards for schools are upending fundraising traditions, with sales of baked goods and chocolate bars increasingly giving way to campaigns built around physical activity and less sugary snacks, writes the Associated Press.

Agriculture Department rules that kicked in last summer mandate that foods sold on campuses during the school day, including for fundraisers, meet certain nutrition standards. States may opt out for fundraisers, and 22 have done so, with officials characterizing the rule as federal overreach. But many schools say they have had success with fun runs, auctions, and sales of fruit, protein bars, and other, more nutritious treats.