Friday, August 06, 2010

Food Rules

One of the final bills of the last legislative session signed by the Governor was an act relative to school nutrition. Chapter 197 of the acts of 2010 encourages the purchase of locally grown produce, meats and seafood at state colleges and universities, as well as all state agencies.
It expands some no bid aspects of the uniform procurement act for local foods.
It requires elementary schools to "provide for instruction in...nutrition and exercise" and establishes reporting requirements for nutrition and wellness programs.
There will be training in behavioral health, screening and referral for obesity and type 2 diabetes. It attempts to provide access to foods that comply with nutritional standards for sale and in vending machines, and requires the sale of fruit and vegetables, calls for access to free water, and limits the use of fryolators.
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