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Healthy Beverages Policy

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Office of School Nutrition (OSN) is currently reviewing the Colorado Healthy Beverage Policy, through the department’s rule review process, to align this policy with the USDA Smart Snacks regulations.Proposed revisions and a crosswalk document that connects state statute and federal regulation to each section of the proposed revised policy can be found at the following links:

There are a couple of items to keep in mind when reviewing these documents:

  • The nutritional standards for beverages will completely align with USDA regulations. Proposed language will indicate “current” regulations so even if changes are made to the Interim Final Smart Snacks rule, the Healthy Beverages Policy will still align with those changes.
  • Colorado State Statute requires rules to be promulgated for beverages served during the extended day, which is defined in Colorado as “any time spent by students at school after the regular school day, including but not limited to participation in extracurricular activities or childcare programs.” USDA regulations do not cover this time frame. As such, we have proposed that school districts continue to meet the USDA Smart Snacks beverage standards during the extended day. This practice is consistent with how the extended day is handled with the current Healthy Beverages Policy.

  • State Board of Education Board Meeting, Sept. 14-15, 2016 at the Colorado Department of Education, located  at 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO
  • Public comments can still be submitted for the proposed changes to the Healthy Beverages Policy; email comments to:
    • Comments for or against aligning with federal regulations are highly encouraged so your voices are heard before the final vote.  
  • There is no scheduled time to testify on the rules at the September board meeting; testimony on the proposed rules can be given during the regular morning public comment period before the vote.
    • No notification to testify is needed.
    • To testify, sign up on the morning public comment signup sheet, located on the table right outside the board room.  
  • If you have any questions, please contact Bre Riley, director.

If you have any questions, please email Bre Riley or call 303-866-6299.





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