NC schools to weigh nutrition value of snack foods

By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina public schools are moving toward rules to cut down on empty-calorie snacks and soft drinks.

A state House committee on Tuesday recommended legislation that would lead to rules for school vending machines, snack bars, and some student fundraisers. The rules are scheduled to take effect in the fall of 2012 if the legislation passes the General Assembly and is signed into law.

The bill tells the state Board of Education to adopt statewide nutritional rules that limit the calories, fat, sugar, and sodium content of the soft drinks and snacks sold on school campuses. The rules expand on current state law limiting school vending machines.

Candy and other snacks sold at high school fundraisers after lunch or at extracurricular events wouldn't be restricted.

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OUT OF MY FLIPPIN LIFE!!! OR YOU WILL BE REPLACED!!

I'm glad they are pursuing this "healthy food in the schools" stuff, however, I wish they would quit letting the cheerleaders come around selling those darn doughnuts because I just cant turn em' down!!!

and school systems should eliminate any types of food consumption which contribute to over weight youngsters who will face Type 2 diabetes along with other health ailments.

And I guess no one read Obamacare. Smokers and obese will be surcharged for health care in 2012 or 2013.

What about just good ol' PARENTING? Teach the kids the proper ways. It takes diet AND exercise to keep the jelly rolls off. One is worthless without the other. Calories IN vs. calories OUT. Perhaps the "school system" should have all video games outlawed and burned, put timers on the parents television and computer, freeze all cell phones, install cameras in their dining areas to monitor caloric intake and GPS's on their bicycles to see if they are riding and just how far. I can guarantee you that the nutritionists that perform the meal planning/balance for the school system does a much more thorough job than the majority of parents at home!

So, here we go again depending on everybody EXCEPT the kids parents to do their job at home, in the classroom and afterwards. It IS this sort of thinking that brought Obamacare into reality in the first place. It is this sort of thinking that already puts a huge and uneccessary burden on the schools and its teaching staff. Nobody wants to be responsible for themselves or their offspring.

disagree with you.

Too many, especially among the entitlement class, look at school as a day care service and hope their offsping will achieve some success or learn something. Not that the parents will accept responsibility for little Johnny's misdeeds. I'm not certain if they encourage failure so their offspring will be in Summer School or not.

One wonders what the parents do during school breaks and summer vacation.

Please check the comments left for the "chocolate milk debate".

Folks are hell bent against this.

the same folks who don't have the time or intelligence to contact their legislators concerning the current state budget?

Are these the same folks who worry about the next chapter in the RC/Frog/BJ story?

Will these be the same folks who will scream when their health insurance costs, under Obamacare, go up roughly 60% due to child and personal obesity?

I rest my case. They're already crying about their finances. What happens when Obamacare mandates they get health insurance, with a fatty surcharge, and Medicaid goes down the commode?

Yes, yes, and yes.

I'm pretty sure all they see are snack and chocolate milk, nothing more than that.

This is so commendable! They should all pat themselves on their pointed little heads.