Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Reality check on school nutrition regs

It seems appropriate to take the opening of today's front page story in the Telegram on the results of the Body Mass Index screenings to do a quick reality check on the new federal school nutrition regs. You may have seen that the House has a bill before it that would reverse the calorie limits in the new regulations.
Among those sponsoring the bill is Representative Steve King of Iowa, who is in a tough re-election battle with none other than Christie Vilsack, perhaps best known as the wife of US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack...who oversees school nutrition regulations.
(I won't get into the ins and outs of who's getting money from whom, but everyone's getting money from Big Ag.)
Also, the calorie limits aren't a scheme to put the nation's children on a diet; they are those recommended for various ages of children by the Mayo Clinic.

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