More Bills Seek to Address Childhood Obesity

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Senator Martha Escutia has a bill to establish statewide nutrition content standards for treats offered for sale separate from meal programs.  The Director of the Nutrition Services Division for the state Department of Education Phyllis Bramson-Paul says the goal is to practice what’s taught about healthy nutrition. 

 “Whether or not those foods are sold by the school food service department or whether they’re sold by students or parent organizations and so what this bill would do is establish some standards.”
Paul says a study of school pilot programs found that snack bar and a la carte sales dropped with healthier offerings but there was an increase in school meal participation, with an overall rise in revenue. Senator Escutia is also pushing a bill this year to expand through high school the ban of selling sugary sodas on campus.