Rule Ed (2011) requires local school boards to adopt and implement written policies and procedures relative to supporting the availability and distribution of healthy foods and beverages that create a healthy environment in all schools throughout all school buildings during the school day. Rule Ed (2011) requires that the policies include standards for nutrient dense foods and beverages for elementary, middle and high school, including portion size for nutrient dense foods and beverages that support the framework for healthier food choices in all school environments, and nutrition targets for foods and beverages made available outside of the fedrally regulated school meals program. The targets shall follow those developed by a nationally recognized research-based organization. The Departments of Health and Education provide guidance for these policies in (2012).
There is nothing wrong with processed, or "manufactured" food per se. The problem is not in the processing, but the ingredients, of which you make no mention. You call it "junk" but do not substantiate why. If the fat content is objectionable, say so. If there is too much salt (not itself necessarily a problem if the issue you have with the food is its contribution to obesity; salt is not fattening), say so. Too much sugar? Not addressed.
Processed food can provide more fibre than the "whole real food", whatever that is (and you don't lay that out either). It can provide more essential minerals and vitamins than kids might get otherwise, eschewing whatever else gets put in their lunchbox or might be available at home.
What's "healthy" here, then? If you want strict policies, you need a stricter argument than you've bothered with.
Education Rule (2006) bans the sale of foods of minimal nutritional value as defined by federal regulation 7 210.11 on school property 24 hours a day, seven days a week with exceptions under local school board policy for public events and sales to school staff. This policy effectively eliminates all sodas, candy, gum and many high calorie snack sales in vending machines and school stores.
Education Rule establishes that any food or beverage sold at any time on school premises for schools participating in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast programs must be a planned part of the total food service program of the school. These food and beverages shall only include items that contribute to the nutritional needs of children and develop desirable food habits and eliminates foods of minimal nutritional value. Revenue from all food and beverage sales on school premises shall be accrued to the benefit of the schools' non-profit school food service program with the exception of the local board's approval of a school or student organization to benefit from the sales. This includes foods and beverages sold at community events, school stores, and in vending machines.
(2005) requires that food service programs post caloric information for pre-packaged a la carte menu items at point-of-decision. It also requires the Department of Education to establish standards for food and beverages sold or distributed on school grounds but outside of school meal programs. These standards must include maximum portion sizes, except for portion sizes for milk, that are consistent with single-serving standards established by the USDA.
prohibits advertising, in school buildings or on school grounds, of foods and beverages other than healthy foods and beverages that meet the state standards.
Agree, Diogenes. When my kids' high schools removed every smidgen of junk food from the canteen, the kids could be found in stocking up in Coles or Woollies before school, and leaving the canteen alone. Once for a chocolate fundraiser, the scheme required school approval. This was denied to my daughter on the grounds that those buying $1 giant Freddos would otherwise spend their money on an apple at the school canteen. Now there's somebody who has no idea about teenage girls, as when other kids smuggled in contraband chocolate, they did a roaring trade. They even took order for the next day at one point, while those running the canteen wondered why they couldn't get customers.
To make matters worse, we pointed out that the girls were taught how to make pizzas and muffins during cooking classes - seems the school didn't care so much for the healthy eating message there!
I think a good way of getting the message across is for each item to list the amount of fat, kilojoules, etc. Apparently when that was compulsorily introduced at Michel's Patisserie stores in Sydney their sales of cakes and other goodies dropped substantially, as people had to actually face up to what they were eating. If nothing else, vanity is likely to help kids reduce the number of times they indulge.
Speaking Up for Healthy School Food
A June 5, 2014 memo (link not available) from Jane Brand, Director, Office of School Nutrition to School Nutrition Directors and Main Nutrition Contacts creates a policy, effective July 1, 2014, that will allow up to three exemptions per school building for school year 2014-2015. The duration of the fundraisers will be determined by the Local Educational Agencies. However, the duration must comply with the intent of the legislation to increase the consumption of healthy foods during the school day and create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits.
Food in Schools | Public Health Law Center
... could mean that healthy kids are more focused. Second, it can mean that parents take good care of their children. Then lastly, it can mean that being healthy is not just how kids look, it's about their health. In order for kids to be healthy, unhealthy foods should be eliminated from schools. Some kids disagree with this act. In fact, 3 out of 5 kids online say that they should be able to eat whatever they want and they will not accept the act of eating healthy. This is a very controversial act. Children do not understand the importance of eating healthy. This is why having healthy foods in schools should be taken to the next level. This act should go with everywhere in the world. For example, restaurants such as fast food restaurants should have much healthier foods. In conclusion, we should all take a stand in eating as a better, healthier person.
Introducing healthier foods in the schools while still ..
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