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New Regulations To Rid Schools of Junk Foods

By Fredrica Syren

The latest effort to combat childhood obesity is now a quest to transform what kids eat in the nation’s 100,000 schools. The kinds of snacks and drinks available to kids will now be regulated. As of next year, high-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will no longer be sold in schools; in their places will be diet drinks, kid at vending machinegranola bars and other, healthier snack foods.

One of the biggest changes under the rules will be a near-ban on high-calorie sports drinks, which many beverage companies added to school vending machines to replace high-calorie sodas that they pulled in response to criticism from the public health community.

Many schools already have made many huge changes to their lunch menus and have replaced high-calorie and fatty foods such fried mozzarella sticks and nachos with healthier pizzas, whole wheat pitas, low-fat burgers, fruits and yogurts.

Of course, there have been complaints about the new healthier lunches, and some children claim not to feel as full after eating the healthier choices. I think it’s simply that they do not like the “new” foods and won’t eat them and, therefore, feel hungry.

In 2007, then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that banned the sale of sodas in high schools and replaced high-calorie snack foods in vending machines with baked chips, fruits and yogurts. Some parents were outraged and would show up at recess in protest to hand over candy bars to their kids.

It’s so sad to see that some parents don’t recognize how bad junk food is for their children and can’t recognize what is best for their kids’ health.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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