Thursday, September 06, 2007

No More Coca-Cola

South Korea has made a very smart investment in its' children's long-term health by deciding to severely restrict the sale of junk food in schools.

I wonder what would have to happen in America for the government to impose a similar ban on schools. This would mostly be related to vending machines on school premises, but there are also school districts that have/had fast food (like Taco Bell) in them.

Apparently, legislation (in the United States) was penned that would allow the government to author nutritional guidelines for what food and drink could be should at a public educational facility, but that attempt was defeated by the Senate Agriculture Committee back in 2003 or 2004. I'm not sure whether anything else of significance has happened since then to get that initiative, or a similar one, back on track.

Congrats to South Korea for getting it right!

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