At the beginning of the 2007–08 school year, more than 89 percent of students were enrolled in a district that addressed competitive food and beverage sales in its wellness policy. The United States Department of Agriculture defines competitive foods and beverages as any foods and beverages that are sold at school, but outside of the USDA school meals programs.
This bar graph shows the strength of these guidelines. Strong policy provisions are those that required action and specified an implementation plan or strategy. They included language such as shall, must, will, require, comply and enforce. Weak policy provisions offered suggestions or recommendations, and some required action, but only for certain grade levels or times of day. They included language such as should, might, encourage, some, make an effort to, partial and try.