BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials are set to approve new school nutrition standards that supporters say could be some of the toughest in the country and will help combat childhood obesity.

The state’s Public Health Council is scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider guidelines that would limit foods students can buy during school hours.

The proposed regulations ban sugared drinks and foods made with artificial sweeteners and require schools to provide nutritional information. They also limit the amount of fats and salt allowed in foods.

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The regulations would apply to all food sold or provided at school a la carte lines, vending machines, school stores, events and fundraisers during the school day.

A recent study ranked Massachusetts the fourth least obese state with an adult obesity rate of 22.3 percent.

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Comments (4)
  1. emom says:

    This is a wise move for the schools, I have seen to many schools have vending machines in their schools., Ice-cream, sodas, candy , sport drinks… Variety stores are bad enough,, there is usually at least 3 within a ½ mile of most schools. We know children walk to school and will walk in them and buy what ever they want.. But schools should not feed into their habits…School breakfast & lunches should be very healthy. Whole grains, fruit, vegetables, Juices , milk, water, Limiting all sugars , salt , fat, carbs, and even chemically laden foods….. Preservatives are a huge problem. Schools have been teaching our children about the food pyramid for decades, But where being hypocrites when it came to FEEDING them… Its about time they Practice what they have Preached.. it’s a wise move and it will benefit our children in the future..

  2. guest says:

    The food pyramid is half the issue- its “fake”. Breads- grains- rice are all heavy carbs that you don’t need !!!!!! They turn into glucose. A good diet of protein, fat and vegetables is what needs to be pursued. Not the heavily biased food pyramid that the lobbyists have brain washed our country into believing – THERE IS NO SCIENCE TO BACK THE FOOD PYRAMID. It is a marketing tool for the the farmers. Plain and simple.

  3. John R says:

    I watch the students come out of my children’s prep school, and there is no weight problem there at all. There are a very small number of overweight kids there at all. I could literally count them on one hand. Why should that school be subjected to these bans? Local school committees should be setting these policies for the public schools, and private schools should be setting their own policies. Schools should address the problems that they have, not be forced to deal with problems being experienced by other schools.

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