Bill aims to squash junk food in schools (updated x2)

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Update April 12:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Julie Paradis is visiting with state officials in Charleston today to discuss the Obama Administration's priorities for improving school meals and the health of school children.

Hopefully today's talk will get the ball rolling again on instating a ban on fatty and sugary foods in South Carolina's public schools.

Update February 18: The bill has had a setback and has been sent back to committee. Opponents say the decision should be left to local school boards to decide.

The Post and Courier has some details.

I wonder if the revenue from junk food sales might be too hard for school boards to resist.

First reporting: A bill that would get rid of fatty and sugary foods at South Carolina's public schools is gaining momentum, and has passed a S.C. House subcommittee.

I'm shocked it's even a matter of debate -- nearly 2 in 10 S.C. children aged 10 to 17 are obese.

Go read about it at The State.

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