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Whole Milk, Sports Drinks on Chopping Block for CPS Schools

The Chicago Board of Education is considering a plan than that would ban the sale of certain 'unhealthy' food and drinks during school hours.

Whole milk and sports drinks could get the ax this week if the Chicago Board of Education approves a plan to ban the sale of certain foods during school hours.

The “Healthy Snack and Beverage” proposal is up for the board’s consideration Wednesday, The Huffington Post reports.

If passed, whole milk would disappear in favor of low fat or skim milk, and cheese would have a reduced fat and low sodium requirement. Carbonated water would be banned altogether.

The plan has an exception for student athletes consuming sports drinks during games, the Sun Times reports.

“Chicago Public Schools is focusing on academics,” CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler told the Sun Times, “but that doesn’t mean we can’t also instill healthy eating habits in students when their health can be directly related to their ability to learn in the classroom.’’

Candy sales for school fundraisers would be restricted to field trips and after school hours. Each school would have a “wellness team” to find alternatives that meet calorie and fat guidelines in the plan.

The ban is part of a “Healthy CPS” initiative, made possible by a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Huffington Post reports.

In January, more than 3,200 CPS cafeteria workers protested the push toward frozen, but healthier food, saying students do not like or eat it because of a bland taste.

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Nolan November 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Too bad they are not following a human healthy food plan. Humans are supposed to consume meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and water. Eliminate the sugars, grains, starches and processesed foods and the body will run at it's healthiest peak condition. Since they are following the governments guidelines of the Standard American Diet (SAD) kids will never be healthy.
Mike Fangman November 15, 2012 at 06:25 PM
If we're not supposed to be eating grains and starches, why has bread been a staple of humanity's diet for a couple of millennia?

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