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Our Opinion: School nutrition makes sense

Thursday, July 13, 2006

School nutrition makes sense

We do not usually support national mandates regarding schools but the involvement of the federal and state government in the matter of school nutrition makes sense.

There is a growing problem of child obesity and also a problem of children not getting the nutrients they need.

Schools have contributed to the problem with sales of high sugar and high fat soft drinks and snacks. For the most part, school administrators, board members, parents and students are not resisting requirements that sales of certain beverages and snack foods be restricted during the school day.

They are cooperating, understanding that the restrictions make sense.

Even beverage companies are fully cooperating, offering alternatives such as 100 percent fruit juices and water in vending machines.

The regular school lunch offerings are also being modified, especially a la carte offerings, to reduce sugar and fat content.

It may take some getting used to, but it is the right thing to do.