New York City schools have become no cupcake zones.
Taking aim at skyrocketing obesity, the city’s Education Department has banned the use of bake sales as fund-raisers for teams and clubs, according to The New York Times. (An exception is made in the new wellness policy for parent groups and PTAs. They can sell treats once a month.)
In Georgia, some schools have banned baked goods as snacks, requesting that parents send in granola bars, raisins or carrots.
(I find it contradictory for schools to forbid foods made from fresh ingredients in favor of processed granola and fruit bars that contain enough preservatives to outlast an ice age. )
The Times reports that about 40 percent of the city’s elementary and middle school students are overweight or obese.
Georgia ranks 12th in the nation for childhood obesity, according to the public health advocacy group Trust for America’s Health. Nearly 37 percent of the state’s kids are too heavy, according to a study funded by the state Department of Human Resources.
Bake sales raised a considerable amount of money for school groups, with one school reporting that a sale could net $500. Students are being told to consider walk-a-thons as fund raisers, but such events are far more complicated to organize than asking band members to bake a dozen chocolate chip cookies.
“Schools are supposed to be a place where we establish a model environment, and the last thing kids need is an extra source of pointless calories,” Howard Wechsler, the CDC’s director of the division of adolescent and school health, told the Times.
I watched the Barbara Walters dust-up with Paula Dean where she accused Dean of contributing to the kid obesity epidemic. (I have to say that I happened to watch Paula’s show over the weekend and she and a guest were demonstrating how to make fried butter. Honest. Even Paula thought it was sick.)
But a ban on bake sales? In high schools where kids can leave school and get their own fries?