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NO MORE 'UNHEALTHY' FOOD IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

NO MORE 'UNHEALTHY' FOOD IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The state of Massachusetts' health regulators are effectively banning the sale of foods they deem 'unhealthy' on public school grounds

Kay Lazar, writing in The Boston Globe this week, there will be some upcoming changes to the menu at all public schools in the state of Massachusetts.  Sugary soft drinks, diet sodas, and heart unhealthy food will be a thing of the past at school snack shops, vending machines, and a la carte cafeteria lines under rules unanimously approved yesterday by state health regulators.  The nutrition standards adopted by the Public Health Council take effect in the 2012-2013 school year and are believed by advocates to be among the most comprehensive in the country.

The new rules reflect concerns about growing numbers in obese children and adolescents.  Faced with the troubling numbers, lawmakers directed the Department of Public Health last year to create a healthier menu for students. Low-fat snacks, whole-grain baked goods, fruits, and vegetables will now be prominently featured.  Studies have linked even moderate consumption of soft drinks to substantially elevated risk of heart disease and diabetes. Harvard researchers have shown, for instance, that a 20-ounce soft drink contains the equivalent of 17 teaspoons of sugar. (more)

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