According to Ace Stryker of the Daily Herald, Child Nutrition Supervisor Jenilee McComb in Provo District is working on a policy for this fall that imposes a 300-calorie limit on vending machine goods. This is well intentioned, but plenty of nutrition free, acidic, processed foods can be sold in portions lower than 300 calories. This is an easy policy to end run around. Kids can still eat plenty of junk–it’ll just cost them (and us) more.
Ronda Bromley’s statement in Alpine District (where I live) is that they are addressing the problem “slowly” over several years and high schools have “lagged behind.” Unimpressive. Nebo District’s supervisor of food services Bill Vest is imposing a 250-calorie maximum and has removed candy and gum and states that the legislature will likely impose more controls in the coming years. We can only hope!
Utahns, please write a letter to the editor, your state legislature representatives, your school district’s superintendent, and go to my online petition about junk-food vending in the schools, sign it, and send an email to health-minded friends who love kids.
Letters to the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find your representative in this list: http://www.le.utah.gov/house/members2005/membertable1add.asp
Find your senator in this list: http://www.utahsenate.org/perl/roster2007.pl
Tomorrow I’ll post the letter I wrote to my legislators, the day after that the letter I got back.
Please sign this GreenSmoothieGirl petition to Utah’s legislators and school officials, and encourage health-minded friends to do so, too!