BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials have approved new school nutrition standards that supporters say could be among the toughest in the country and will help combat childhood obesity.

The state’s Public Health Council adopted guidelines Wednesday that will limit foods students can buy during school hours.

The 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.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

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

Schools must begin enforcing some guidelines as early as August 2012.

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

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Comments (13)
  1. Frank says:

    Does that mean the Obama’s will stop eating burgers, ice cream, pizzas, and french fries? No disrespect to the president, but this was part of Michelle’s push for greater nutrition standards.

  2. emom says:

    I wonder what do they expect us to truly eat, KASHIE cereal, sprouts, tofu burgers, Bulgar rice, rice milk, tons of white fish, flax seeds, cage free eggs, really hhhmmm hmmmm good,, BARF…………….. I rather have that juicey burger, just dont add the bad stuff, have those fries made fresh and corn on the cob, and a large Ice tea with lemon no sugar… Now thats and appitizing meal….. TOFU GROSS.

  3. Jennifer says:

    At what point does the child take resposibility for healthy eating? We as parents or most parents teach our kids nutritional values.

  4. emom2 says:

    What about 4th of July functions provided by the towns and ball park games? They should provide at least an option to have something a bit healthier. These other types of function only provide junk food.

  5. TheFatKid2013. says:

    what is to stop a Student from bringing their own lunch? Nothing.So, i’d pack a bag of chips, some cookies,a soda or 2 in the backpack. maybe some Twizzlers too…Oh, throw in a Fluff-a-nutter sandwich and i’m all set…Nobody is going to police my parents at the supermarket ..Class of 2013. woohoo!! Who was that nut that wanted to ban Marshmellow fluff???

  6. roadbowler says:

    If the teachers union wasn’t such a Scrooge and would bend a little, perhaps there’d be more time allotted in the school day for the kids to have recess. Stop banning activities that allow children to burn off calories. It’s the schools that created this monster, it’s time they make some ‘shared sacrifices’ to remedy this problem.

    1. blackbear1 says:

      You are a moron. This has nothing to do with the teachers union or the school schedule, something you obviously know nothing about. This piece of controlling legislation was proposed by another state agency. How about channeling your silly remarks in their direction? Or better still, how about doing some serious research on said subject. People like you are the reason for teachers unions. Is this the second time you have been called a moron today?

  7. Mack says:

    Here comes Big Brother telling us how to live ,what to eat so they can control the market on what we eat, Yahooo they control lives so much since 9/11 its down right discusting ::

  8. Pizza Lover says:

    This is unfair to pizza store owners, McDonalds, Burger King, etc….

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