Comments open on nutrition proposal

November 15, 2007
by Shaya Tayefe Mohajer
Associated Press

A proposed policy aimed at slimming West Virginia's overweight school-age children targets fat, sugar and caffeine in foods sold in schools. The state Board of Education wants to reduce the allowable sugar content of cereals, eliminate trans fats from school meals and ban soft drink sales. It also proposes focusing on the Institute of Medicine's nutrition standards, which takes aim at foods provided to students through vending machines. Nearly 21 percent of West Virginia youngsters are overweight, the second highest percentage in the country, according to Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention. "If we don't change anything, nothing will change. I really believe these changes are in the best interest of our children," executive director of the state's Office of Child Nutrition Rick Goff told the state school board Wednesday.

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