Could Florida actually be a leader in banning sugar drinks from public schools?

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Board of Education officials say they'll talk more about the plan at their next meeting, which is nearly three months away, on December 17.


As you would imagine, there was some push back from board members.  Some want to see quantifiable studies on whether such changes actually would improve kid's health, which others threw out economic arguments, saying that the changes could hurt Florida's agricultural community, and possibly result in the loss of jobs in that sector.


The current Child Nutrition Act expires on September 30, and a new version has already passed in the U.S. Senate, and now the question is whether it will pass in the House within the next week.


Yesterday, officials with the U.S. military came out in support of the legislation, saying frankly that too many of the young men (and presumably women?) who sign up for the armed services are simply in terrible shape.


The group of military officials, called Mission Readiness have released a report called "Too Fat to Fight." That report said that an estimated 9 millions young adults, 27 percent of all Americans age 17 to 24, are too overweight to join the military.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is also encouraging the House to approve the legislation, saying:


"There needs to be a consistent message between what’s in the lunch line and vending machines. This is very important bill and we’re close to getting it done.  We need Congress to act.”


We'll look forward to what goes down when the Board of Ed gets together in December to follow up on their actions of Tuesday.

First lady Michelle Obama has chosen as her signature domestic initiative to focus in on childhood obesity, and her's "Lets Move" campaign is all about having the country's schoolchildren get access to better nutrition.

Such efforts have already taken place in some of more progressive cities across the country.

But could such a thing happen in the Sunshine State?

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the state's Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to move forward on a plan to eliminate "sugary" beverages and the state the first in the country to ban chocolate milk in public schools:

Board member John Padget, a former schools superintendent from South Florida, has been pressing his colleagues for a year to cut out most beverages besides water, pure juice and white, low-fat milk to help fight childhood obesity.

High schools would be allowed to sell some types of diet sodas and some other low-calorie, low-sugar drinks.

Although board members tabled the issue last spring — most said they preferred to wait to see if the federal government would take the lead on the issue — they decided Tuesday to ask doctors and researchers for their opinions.

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