Connecticut Banning Junk Food from Schools
Connecticut is moving to ban all junk food and soda from its public schools.
Lawmakers want to make sure Connecticut students aren’t part of the Pepsi Generation. Connecticut is on the verge of adopting the most far-reaching ban in the country on soda and junk food in public schools, in an effort to curb rising rates of childhood obesity. Similar but weaker proposals have been introduced in at least 17 states this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Policies are on the books in a few states, such as Arkansas and California.
Advocates say Connecticut’s ban would be the strongest because it is so broad, applying to all grades and all school sites where food is sold. “Connecticut would be the first state to apply those standards to high schools,” said Margo Wootan, director of nutritional policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “Most of the recently passed policies are limited in that they only apply to elementary and middle schools.”
Last week, lawmakers in the House voted 88-55 after an eight-hour debate to pass a law banning soda and junk food in cafeterias, vending machines and school stores. It also requires 20 minutes of physical activity outside of gym for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The bill heads to the Senate next week where leaders expect it to pass.
“By no stretch of the imagination does it solve all the problems, but it’s very important that we provide the right models in our schools,” said Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr.
Unbelievable. The reason students are so fat is because they get no exercise, not because of Pepsi.
Certainly, this is not a problem that requires creeping totalitarianism to solve.