February 10th, 2011
Sugar, Fat Face Expulsion
The Boston Globe
Sugary soft drinks — gone. Diet sodas — not here. French fries, calorie-laden snacks, and white bread sandwiches would also be banished from a la carte lines, snack shops, and vending machines at all Massachusetts public schools under rules proposed by state health regulators yesterday.
The nutrition standards give form to legislation approved last year by lawmakers alarmed by the bulging waistlines of the state’s children and adolescents; more than one-third of fourth-graders, for example, are overweight or obese. Lawmakers ordered the Department of Public Health to draft a healthier menu for students, and the result is heavy on low-fat snacks, whole-grain baked goods, fruits, and vegetables.