CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The first day of school is just around the corner.
As parents and students get ready for that big day, they should expect to see some changes, especially inside the vending machines.
It's called the "Smart Snacks in Schools" nutrition program. Translated, it means fewer biscuits, cookies and bake sales.
It's all part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
"The snacks are still going to be provided. But, they're going to be healthier snacks," said dietician Ellen Munson.
Munson works for MUSC's Boeing Center for Children's Wellness. That programs supports healthier lifestyles around the state, including Dorchester school districts, Berkeley County School district, Colleton County school district and Charleston County school district.
She says this new mandate, that took effect July 1st, is step in the right direction.
"It's very important that they start early in life and are meeting their needs for fruits, vegetables, whole grains," said Munson.
Some of the guidelines include a 200 calorie limit on snacks, sugar limits and sodium limits restrictions.
"We're just trying to make sure children are properly fed," said Munson. "Obesity is a problem in children in SC, in charleston and all over the United States right now."
According to the SC department of health and environmental control, 30.7% of high school were overweight or obese in 2013. That number has increased from previous years.
"It's sad for me to think children are obese because a lot of times it can be helped if we feed them properly," said Munson.
Through the smart snacks in schools, Munson says students will be taking a step toward a healthier lifestyle, one bite at a time.
30 minutes after the school day is over, the schools cannot regulate what snacks are sold.
Some of the other guidelines include:
Beverage portion limits are as follows:
For high schools:
For more information on the new guidelines click