Regulations on school snacks issued this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would not go into effect for a year, but some Minnesota schools already are working to make school snacks healthier. St. Paul Public Schools already offers only water in beverage machines and does not turn on snack machines during regular school hours. "Switching from maybe items that are a little higher in fat or calories, or switching to whole grains, is something we can all do together to make a difference for our kids' lives," said Jean Ronnei, nutrition services director.

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