Obesity rates in the United States continue to be a concern for parents, for political figures, and even for the general public. According to the Food and Research Center, “two-thirds of adults and one-third of school-age children [in the U.S.] are currently overweight or obese.” However, First Lady Michelle Obama, in company with the United States Department of Agriculture, continues her efforts to make a change in the American trend of obesity.
Laws centered around stricter health regulations in public schools have already taken their effect. According to the Huffington Post, “80 percent of school districts have either restricted or banned sugary drinks; more than 75 percent also have some kind of limit or ban on snack foods.”
West Campus High School, a public school within the Sacramento City Unified School District, is included in that statistic.
“As far as our school goes, I think that it helps the student population. We’re not allowed to sell sugary products during school hours, which helps with students’ thinking process as they are not overdosing on too much sugar,” comments Lynne Samaan, a social science teacher at West Campus.
Yet health regulations in public schools will soon include a wider scope than the ban of selling Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups during school hours.
According to www.whitehouse.gov, “First Lady Michelle Obama join[ed] U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to announce proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies . . . proposed guidelines [will] ensure that foods and beverages marketed to children in schools are consistent with the recently-released Smart Snacks in School standards.”
According to the article, health regulations will soon include policies regarding the marketing of unhealthy food in schools. Not only will USDA regulations concern the selling of certain unhealthy products within public schools, but advertising such as school posters and football-field scoreboards will soon be health-oriented.
“’The idea here is simple—our classrooms should be healthy places where kids aren’t bombarded with ads for junk food,’ said First Lady Michelle Obama. ‘Because when parents are working hard to teach their kids healthy habits at home, their work shouldn’t be undone by unhealthy messages at school.'” (whitehouse.gov).
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