Study: Taxing soda has potential to reduce childhood obesity Promoting policies such as afterschool physical-activity programs, a soda tax and a ban on child-focused fast-food commercials showed potential in reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity, especially among blacks and Hispanics, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Business Standard (India)/Asian News International (8/28)
USDA clarifies rules on school snacks, fundraisers
Kevin Concannon, U.S. undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, is clarifying the USDA's intent when it comes to snacks sold in schools and during fundraising events. He said the USDA is not imposing federal standards on bake sales and fundraisers -- even those during the school day -- and that individual states have discretion when it comes to setting limits on those events. Brownfield (8/15)
Burger King pulls low-fat fries after tepid response from consumers: Burger King is pulling its more-healthful crinkle-cut French fries, known as from most of its North American restaurants as customer interest in low-fat options went cold. Full Story, latimes.com 8/13/14
KY school district drops federal lunch program: Fort Thomas, KY. — Lunch at Fort Thomas Independent Schools may include more French fries, fewer vegetables and larger portions this year. One thing that won't be on the menu: federal dollars. The Campbell County, KY., district is opting out of the federal school lunch program, forfeiting hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding. The reason: Kids didn't like their healthful lunches. Full Story USA Today 8-10-14
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