December 12th, 2005
Expel Junk Food from School
By Gary Ruskin
Last week, a mother in Missouri sent us a partial inventory of her sonís school store. The list includes 109 different kinds of junk food. Take a look at the picture of the school store yourself.
We must do better. Our children are suffering from an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Federal restrictions on the sale of junk food in school are extremely weak. The definition of junk food is narrow. It includes only sodas, water ices, chewing gum and candies made mostly of sugar. Even worse, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture can only stop the sale of these foods during mealtimes in cafeterias—not in vending machines elsewhere in school, or school stores like the one in the picture.
The Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act is a good new solution. It will broaden the definition of junk food, and empower the USDA to stop the sale of junk food everywhere in school.
Please tell your members of Congress today to co-sponsor the bill, at:
Together, we can make sure our children have the best chance to grow up healthy and strong.
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