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Produce is packed full of the nutrients youth need to learn and play, whether at school, in an out-of-school time program, or at home. Children should be exposed to a variety of fruits and vegetables to help ensure these products are what come to mind when reaching for a snack.

Innovations in the produce industry can help with just that! The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, in collaboration with the United Fresh Produce Association, has identified several kid-friendly, single-serve, fresh produce snacks that meet USDA's Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards and offer easy, delicious snack options for schools or out-of-school time programs.

Here's a taste of several delicious products to check out: Blueberry Snack Pack — single-serve, pre-packaged blueberries are great for a school vending machine, an a la carte line or a student store; Fresh cut apples — convenient 2 oz. snack bags are perfect for a grab-and-go snack before, during or after school; Woot Froot — offers grapes, fresh-cut peaches, pears and nectarines; and Carrot snacks — convenient on-the-go varieties of carrot sticks and baby carrots.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is adding innovative fruit and veggie products to our soon-to-be released Smart Foods Planner. The Smart Foods Planner is a new and improved version of our popular Product Navigator, with enhanced product search functionality and information and sample menus and recipes. In addition, look for more information on trainings, hot topics and breaking news throughout the tool, as well as direct links to the very useful Smart Snacks Calculator.

Look for the Smart Foods Planner late this spring; it will be available on the homepage of www.healthiergeneration.org.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, works to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. They work with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to build healthier environments for millions of children. For more information on our initiatives, visit www.healthiergeneration.org today!

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