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California Schools Still Allowing Junk Food

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm

San Francisco Vegan Chiropractor and Parent Comments:

I just read the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. Here is the headline of the main news story:

School Food Law Failing The Test:Junk snacks still on campus-makers find ways to comply with new state requirements

They just don't get it! Modifying these junk-foods so that they slip through the regulatory requirements was not the intended outcome of the new law. They can lessen the portions...bake instead of fry...eliminate the trans fats... and sprinkle in vitamin powder...and it is still garbage. Give me a break. And we wonder why we have a childhood obesity problem...I found this quote interesting:

"The standards are some of the most rigorous in the country," says Phyllis Bramson-Paul, California Department of Education's director of nutrition services. She says that the California statute is a model for other agencies, including the Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences. The institute, at the behest of Congress, published its own recommendations for school snacks in July. They resemble California's but are even stricter, suggesting that fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or non-fat dairy be the only snacks sold on campus."

How about making someone accountable here. According to the SF Chronicle... some schools, such as Piedmont Middle School are just ignoring the regulations altogether.

Could it be that it's hard for parents and school officials to enforce dietary changes on kids when thier own dietary habits are the same or worse. 

I would love to hear some comments about this.

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