Junk Food Ads Could Be Banned in Schools

Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed to limit the types of foods and beverages that can be advertised in schools.

The proposed federal regulation wouldn’t all the use logos of high calorie products on cups, vending machines or banners.

The Fayetteville School District only has vending machines in the junior highs and high schools. They have a mix between healthy snacks and soda vending machines. At the high school, their sodas are diet or low-calorie drinks.

Carol Stone, School Health Coordinator, said they don’t have a policy in place to what the USDA is proposing, but they are working on it. To phase out sugary drink logos, the school district would need to look its current contracts and go through school board members, Stone said.

“It’s not that easy but it’s something that can be done,” Stone said. “There is a correlation between being healthy, the well-being of our students and learning and that’s what we’re in the business of is educating our students.”

If the proposal is approved, the new federal standards will be gradually phased in starting in the 2014-2015 school year.

Click here to read the White House press release.

Click here to read the Department of Agriculture proposal.

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