WESTFORD (CBS) – Westford school officials are getting tough on classroom holiday parties.

They’re banning sugary snacks and sweetened beverages from the celebrations this year.

Students are being told to leave the Christmas cookies, cakes, candy bars, and soda at home and to bring fruits, unsweetened juices, popcorn and raisins instead.

Superintendent Everett Olsen says the ban on holiday sweets has nothing to do with being politically correct, rather, his motive is simply promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“We aren’t trying to take the Christmas out of Christmas. We’re not trying to take the enjoyment out of children’s lives. We’re just trying to act responsible,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mike Macklin.

The school’s goal is to avoid the types of sweets that pile on empty calories and contribute to childhood obesity.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mike Macklin reports

School officials say they’re also hoping to protect the growing number of children with severe food allergies.

The new policy comes as schools across Massachusetts get set to implement stricter state-mandated food policies aimed at reducing child obesity.

Comments (492)
  1. Justin J. McCoy says:

    Awesome! Little do people know, sugar, corn syrup and all of the other manufactured garbage non-foods pretending to be foods are the main culprit in not only childhood obesity, but heart disease as well. As a nutritionist I study these things. Turns out that the latest findings show SUGAR (including starches, i.e. cookies, breads, etc..) are what cause the arterial scarring of the heart muscle thus forming tears that cause cholesterol to come in and repair them. This happens over and over and thus you get a buildup of cholesterol ‘patches’ on the sugar scars.. Sugar is the silent DEADLY culprit in most disease today. So GOOD on the school.

  2. JustSayin' says:

    Wow. I cannot believe all these hostile comments from people who seem to think that they themselves are examples of well-educated adults. I hear anger, insults, threats, disrespect, racism, and a lack of critical thinking. I too believe the district may have over-reached on this matter, but this has nothing to do with Obama, or with an attack on Christmas. And if you people are presenting yourselves as examples of loving decent “Christians,” perhaps Christianity is a religion that also stands in need of reform. Like the schools, it seems to be failing to carry out its mission.

    1. guesswhat says:

      You are right to note the hostility and that it is not very Christian. However, this only proves that these “Christians” could use reform, not Christianity. As you observed, they are not acting Christian.

  3. organicgal says:

    The USDA’s dietary health recommendations have no sugary sweets or drinks at all, and the fruit recommendation is one to two cups depending on age and sex.

    If kids want to eat this stuff, and parents want to feed it to them, they can do so at home, or at Christmas parties held in their local house of worship or among friends, or it can be put in their lunchboxes every day. Healthier eating is something schools should be educating their students about, and encouraging students to put into practice, as well as setting a real world example in their cafeterias and classrooms as the students might not be getting this sort of food or information at home. And with our country having twelve states with thirty percent and over of the population being obese, and the rest having twenty percent, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea to teach children about healthy eating habits. What does it say in the Bible…a little child shall lead them? How wonderful it would be if children could help their families live longer, healthier lives thru better nutrition (and throw some exercise and stress reduction techniques in the mix and you’ve got a solid recipe for improved health). It is possible to eat healthy and have it be delicious, economical, not boring, and include the occasional deliciously decadent dessert.

    It‘s also possible for kids to have fun at events where junk food isn’t the focus…or isn’t even there at all.

  4. Jason Prather says:

    I’d be willing to follow that rule blindly if Muslims are forced to leave the mats and the women are forced to leave the hoods at home, because of their precious seperation church and state, even now that the war is over, there is always a possibility of Headfalloffitius outbreak inh America, you know the natural disease that killed Vince Foster, the one man that could have put CLinton away, they found his head next to him and the M.E. ruled natural causes, it’s prevalent in Muslim countries and causes them to scream ‘Praise be to Allah’ while holding a bloody chian saw.

  5. JED says:

    Those nosey do–gooders can kiss my backside. I will pack my kids lunch with anything I want in there. CHRISTMAS cookies are what’s happening this time of year – and they are a SNACK or dessert – NOT A MEAL. My kid eats right and is not fat. It’s a thing called exercise (suitable to normal activities). Where was this commie enclave again…?

  6. JED says:

    How is it when one of these wack-job liberals comes up with a lame idea and gets called on it they cry racist, insensitive, etc.? And when somebody else has a good idea that will work they complain about self-esteem, feelings and anything not related to the issue…

    I think the DUMBING OF AMERICA is the government’s most successful program.

  7. jantan45 says:

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