Monday, November 10, 2008

No home-made chocolate chip cookies for kids in California

Kids at Piedmont High, in Piedmont California, had a pretty disappointing bake sale this year due to the July 2007 implementation of guidelines that were passed by lawmakers in 2005 . The guidelines require that snacks sold during the school day contain no more than 35 percent sugar by weight, derive no more than 35 percent of their calories from fat, and no more than 10 percent of their calories from saturated - thus turning traditional bake sale items, like cupcakes, caramel apples and lemon bars, into contraband.

Read the full story in the NY Times. It is important to teach children healthy habits but even I think this is going a little far. President of the California School Nutrition Association, Stephanie Bruce, said quite simply, “It concerns me we’re not teaching moderation.”

I'm all for ridding the schools of soda machines and Twinkies, but I think a healthy relationship with food, one that is developed in the kitchen, encourages planning and preparation, fosters tradition, and brings people in the community together, shouldn't be against school policy.

1 comment:

Becky said...

I agree. This is too far.