W.V. Schools Recognized For Nutrition Efforts

CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using West Virginia schools as an example for good child nutrition standards and outreach efforts.

Officials say the federal agency has posted the West Virginia Board of Education policy on nutrition on its Center for Excellence website as an example for other school systems. The site describes the state's standards as a practice-tested policy with a focus on the school food environment by improving the nutritional quality of foods available and reducing marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages.

State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple says the department is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for public school students.

Officials say nearly 85,000 of West Virginia kindergarten through 12th grade students are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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