The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks.
The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for “competitive” foods not included in the official school meal[...]
“Thus, these standards will help to ensure that the school nutrition environment does all that it can to promote healthy choice, and help to prevent diet-related health problems.”[...]
Those rules saw a backlash from conservative lawmakers who said students were going hungry as a result of calorie limits. A GOP House member famously compared the rules to “The Hunger Games.” The USDA eventually relaxed some guidelines in response.
“Parents and teachers work hard to instill healthy eating habits in our kids, and these efforts should be supported when kids walk through the schoolhouse door,” he said Friday in a statement[...]
All snacks must also meet a range of calorie and nutrition requirements, such as limits on sodium, total sugar and calories from fat, with few exceptions.
The rules states that all schools may sell water, low-fat and fat-free milks and milk alternatives and 100-percent fruit and vegetable juices, with portion sizes varying by student age.
High schools will also be permitted to sell carbonated beverages, as long as they contain five calories or less per serving.
Officials noted that the proposed rules will not apply to birthday treats, snacks provided during after-school activities, or student-brought foods.
Friday’s release begins a 60-day comment period.
If parents were working hard to make sure their children ate healthy, there wouldn’t be a “childhood obesity epidemic”. My kids are lean & healthy. They eat good, wholesome meals, but I don’t count calories. I make food people want to eat. They also get their fair share of junk.
They play outside non-stop. We don’t have cable. We have a PS3, but it only gets played a few times a year. I’m a firm believer that ‘playing outside’ is the absolute best thing for maintaining a child’s health.