Illinois school district balks at USDA Smart Snacks rules

According to the guidelines, a la carte items such as pizza will also have to contain less than 200 calories.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Since he entered Prospect High School almost two years ago, 16-year-old Teddy Eckhardt has eaten cafeteria pizza for lunch pretty much every day.

"It's not amazing," he said. "It's edible."

But that pizza may soon be a cafeteria staple of the past as new, sweeping nutritional guidelines start next fall in the vast majority of schools in Illinois and throughout the nation. Snacks sold in vending machines and even candy and baked goods sold in cafeterias and for club fundraisers must also be modified or eliminated under the new regulations.

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