Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mayor: Baked Sales Banned

Also in the Times' dining news, it's been announced by Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education that bake sales are effectively banned from NYC public schools during lunch hours in another effort to cut excess fat and sugar from students' diets. This rule is part of the same wellness policy that stipulates what can be sold in school vending machines and in student-run stores.

When about 40% of the city's elementary and middle school students are obese- yeah, I thought that was a depressing statistic too- this sort of action makes perfect sense. But since NYC schools have little funding for team sports and after-school activities to begin with, taking away bake sales makes it that much more difficult to raise the extra cash needed for trips or new uniforms. I'm a bit torn on this one, honestly.

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