Thursday, June 12, 2008

Governator Keeps High Sugar Content Fruit Juice in Schools

This post was inspired by reading

The woes of the Internet by Tadd Mercer


...Governor Arnold Swarchenegger made it illegal to allow your kids to be overweight. Though I can’t find any articles to support that (sorry!) there are laws in California against selling sugary foods and drinks to k-12 in public schools and only serve health foods...


Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Landmark Legislation to Combat Childhood Obesity"Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 12 by Senator Martha Escutia (D- Montebello), SB 281 by Senator Abel Maldonado (R- San Luis Obispo) and SB 965 also by Senator Escutia at the Governor's Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity today in Sacramento.

California is facing an obesity epidemic. That is why today I am signing into law the most progressive school nutrition reforms in the nation. This legislation will take junk food and sodas off the school campuses, and put more fruits and vegetables into school meals," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "This is a great victory for our children and I want to thank Senator Escutia and Senator Maldonado for authoring these landmark bills. Today we are taking some first steps in creating a healthy future for California. It is important that everyone --businesses leaders, community groups, health care providers, the public health community, parents and government -- rise to the challenge and join in this crucial fight."

This legislation ensures California's students will have access to healthier snacks, meals and beverages in public schools. Specifically:

SB 12 sets food nutrition standards for food served and sold in K-12 public schools.
SB 281 provides a framework to implement the $18.2 million in the Governor's budget to include more fresh fruits and vegetables in school meal programs.
SB 965 extends the ban on the sale of soda currently in middle schools to public high schools, but allows the sale of milk products, juice-based products, water and electrolyte drinks to continue.

Researchers warn of high sugar content in fruit juice

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