A bill to come before panel members is H. 3297, an effort to curb obesity rates in children. The bill would restrict snacks sold in K-12 schools to 200 calories with less than 35 percent of their calories from fat and 35 percent of their weight from sugar. Treats sold as part of fundraising events would be exempt.
From: "Legislators aim to curb childhood obesity rates | The Augusta Chronicle."
State senators in Columbia, South Carolina are examining whether or not they will legislate what snacks can be sold in state schools.
Fascinating. Won't this also restrict the schools potential share in revenues in vending machine sales? Wonder how that will affect the state schools' facilities budgets, if at all?
There *are* companies that focus on healthy vending machine food, however, not sure how budget conscious they are...
Back to the same old conundrum when looking at incentivizing healthier behaviors by altering supply rather than working on the much-harder-to-pin demand. Who pays for this legislation? What choices does it impact?
I'd like to see the return of recess as a built in hourly part of kids' days nationwide in addition to restricting what they can buy out of a machine on school grounds, especially since we aren't *yet legislating what they can grab for free from cabinets at home...