A Practice Perspective on the Third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study

The third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study (SNDA-III) places highly functional information in the hands of food service and nutrition professionals. SNDA-III is the most comprehensive study yet conducted of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP).

In this perspective, a nutrition professional summarizes key findings of SNDA-III in several categories: school lunch, school breakfast and competitive foods. Bullet point lists identify pieces of information the author deems especially significant. Researchers will find a list of practical implications and basic recommendations based on revelations of SNDA-III (e.g., vary portion sizes to better meet the nutrition needs of various age groups/grade levels.) 

Key Findings:

  • More than 90 percent of schools offered breakfasts that met standards for key nutrients.
  • Few schools provided lunches that met the fiber recommendations in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. No schools met the recommended sodium limitations.
  • Most schools have not developed local wellness policies to regulate competitive foods.

The information available here consolidates findings from articles in the SNDA-III supplement. More detailed analyses will be found in source articles.