Hunger-Free Kids?

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Nesquick.  Image from state Department of Consumer Protection press release.

Nesquick. Image from state Department of Consumer Protection press release.

RAYDUNAWAY Ray Dunaway
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An interesting find from Morning Producer Joey Bourgoin on Ct News Junkie.com. As you know on both the federal and state level, a lot of bills get passed without all of the relevant facts being brought forth. And so it was this session, as the Connecticut Legislature passed new regulations affecting the ever-popular growth industry of childhood nutrition. Christine Stuart reports that effective immediately, no school lunch program will be allowed to serve chocolate milk. Naturally, this has everything to do with the growing menace of childhood obesity, and just as naturally, will produce no discernible results. But it will make stakeholders feel better, and that’s what matters, after all.

The regulations are mandated by the federal government, and so, had to be implemented lest money from Washington be withheld.

The mandates also restrict the serving sizes of beverages provided: 8 fluid ounces for elementary school students, and increase to 12 ounces for middle and high school students.

But there may be a problem here, despite Washington’s good intentions. According to the story, Pat Baird, President of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics points out that chocolate milk is an excellent way to get kids to drink milk. And she points out that when flavored milks are removed as an option, as recently was the case in the Los Angeles Unified School district, consumption drops 35 percent, or more.

Brilliant! PETA will be thrilled.

But as was pointed out earlier, the Legislature should be held harmless. The Feds made them do it. The new rules are part of the “Hunger-Free Kids Act” which has spurred protests from students across the country, who contrary to the act’s name claim to be anything but “hunger-free”. But it will reduce childhood obesity.

But you’ve no doubt noticed that a lot of laws are enacted with warm, cuddly names that have nothing to do with reality.

“Hunger-free kids?” Apparently not.

The “Affordable Care” Act?

Let’s not even get started.

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