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POLL: Should the State Ban School Bake Sales?

State health officials want to put restrictions on school bake sales to discourage unhealthy eating habits, but will this hurt fundraising efforts?

 

Massachusetts state health officials recently recently approved regulations that would prevent bake sales from being held during school and in the 30 minutes before and after school to discourage unhealthy eating habits.

Gov. Deval Patrick has backed down on the regulations after criticism from parents and organizations that say putting restrictions on bake sales would negatively impact fundraising efforts for the schools and nonprofit groups, according to USA Today.

Legislation passed in 2010 will still require schools serve healthy snack options in the cafeterias and limit sugary foods.

In today's poll question, we're asking: Do you think Gov. Deval Patrick should enforce the bake sale ban to help encourage Massachusetts youth to have healthier eating habits, or should the bake sales still be allowed for fundraising purposes? Let us know what you think by answering our poll question and sharing your opinion in the comments section.

Susie Brown May 13, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Obesity is only caused by the diet in the home. If a parent allows a child to eat chips every day for lunch and McDonalds every weekend, Take out pizza and processed food from the grocery store than the child will be obese. Particularly if they sit home and watch TV or play video games. This child then learns that this food is okay to eat regularly and looks for that outside of the home. School cannot compete with a parents teachings and grocery habits.
Marlborough Nana May 13, 2012 at 08:08 PM
The State needs to stay out of it and leave the judgement call to parents and if parents aren't smart enough to figure out what's good for their kids, offer them the opportunity for some sort of workshop in regards to nutrition. It all begins at home.
Paul Doucette May 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Again I continue my rant GOVERNMENT stay out of our lives!
Mike May 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Wake up people, they ban bake sales then the kids can't sell pot brownies openly during lunch.
Tara Spiegelman May 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Ironically the most popular "Bake Sales" in Milford are the ones the political candidates have to raise money for their campaigns.

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