Thirty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have developed their own policies regarding so-called competitive foods sold in schools, such as vending-machine snacks and a la carte items, according to the School Nutrition Association. Now, as the federal government prepares to implement new standards regarding such food, SNA spokeswoman Diane Pratt-Heavner says the association is "a little worried about the complexity and a little worried about the cost. But we share the same goal" of curbing childhood obesity.

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