Federal grant meant to help students eat healthy

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has been awarded more than $255,000 in federal grants to encourage students to eat healthy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started the program to help with implementation of the agency's nutrition requirements.

Sen. John Hoeven says the grant will help give schools flexibility to meet the requirements because a "one size fits all standards" does not work around the country.

Hoeven says the previous rule did not allow schools to meet the needs of athletes or others whose dietary needs do not fit the guidelines.

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