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Wayne Schools Ban Whole Milk, Candy

Policy also places limits on the amount of fat an item can have.

The Board of Education approved an updated version of the district’s nutrition policy Thursday that bans candy, whole milk and other foods with "minimal nutritional value" from Wayne schools.

Superintendent Ray Gonzalez said that the district approves policies such as this from time to time to ensure that it complies with federal nutritional regulations.

The policy bans the following items from being served, sold or given out anywhere on school property during school hours:

  • Candy
  • Foods that the DA defines as having “minimal nutritional value”
  • All foods and beverages that list sugar, in any form, as the first ingredient.

All snack and beverage items sold or served on school property during the school day, including those sold in vending machines and fundraisers cannot have more than eight grams of total fat per serving, excluding nuts and seeds, and no more than two grams of saturated fat per serving.

Only milk, water, or 100-percent fruit and vegetable juices may be offered in the elementary schools. Whole and 2-percent milk are also prohibited from being offered.

In the and , at least 60 percent of all beverages, other than milk or water, need to be 100-percent fruit or vegetable juice.

Michael Schmidt, the district’s food services director, said that the district already complies with, or exceeds, many of the standards set forth in the policy.

“We want to set a guideline for students to follow that they hopefully follow on their own when they’re older,” Schmidt said.

At the middle and elementary schools, hamburgers and hot dogs are served on whole wheat buns. Vending machines at the middle schools already comply with the standards of how much fat can be in a particular item.

Schmidt said that the district’s food service advisory committee meets every few months to “try and determine ways of improving the quality of food we serve at the schools.”

“It’s also a great way to get feedback from our customers and find out there’s anything they want that we’re not offering, especially healthy foods,” Schmidt said. 

jeffryking March 16, 2012 at 06:48 AM
I used to think that buying bigger was better, Meal planning is key, so look for the items you’d need to create healthy meals, Plan your meals based on what’s on sale and see if you can find samples from "Get Official Samples" that is even better
dragonfly March 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Yahoo !!! Good for the BOE !!! Hopefully this generation will be healthier..........and not as fat !!!
Chris March 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM
What about underweight children who rely on whole milk as a source of fat intake?
EK March 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM
My son will be very disappointed because whole milk is a treat he gets to have only at school. I hardly think that those small containers of milk at school are problematic. The problems are in their refrigerators and cabinets at home.
cp March 16, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Actutally low fat milk is higher in sugar- a lot of doctors say milk fat is ok and the sugar is worse. Full fat milk is not the problem! A lot of kids are drinking juices/tea anyway. Juice in those mega portions aren't so great either. I guess it's a start though.
Just Facts March 16, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Ha - This is great... How about mandatory GYM class and exercise tests for our kids? Instead the BOE is entertaining the idea of less school periods during the day so kids will miss gym.. Teach the importance of a balanced life and eating.... And make gym class a little bit meaningingful and harder!
Wayne's World March 16, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Wait, Wayne doesn't have mandatory gym class anymore?
pam roz March 16, 2012 at 06:59 PM
No surprise! Does the Board EVER do what is in the best interests of the children? Yes, they proposed reducing physical education classes in the middle schools to accommodate an 8 period day. At last night's meeting, they advised there would be no dialogue, yet then had a running CHILDISH conversation with a former board member about what she may have favored 2 years ago. Regardless of what she favored, how in the world is THAT relevant to TODAY, when the board approved a PR firm to cover their own incompetence at $2500/month of our taxpayer $$$? The former board member questioned the legality of the decision to hire a PR firm. According to her, it is illegal, but the board did NOT address that, or perhaps they were UNAWARE it was illegal? Then, one board member addressed EVERY non-agenda item brought up by the public, EXCEPT the request to grandfather the individuals directly affected by the recently adopted board policy regarding AD's and coaches. Seems no one has the courage to speak publicly on this subject! Nice job, guys! Keep it up. I think you're gonna need 9 PR firms, one for each board member. I think we can spare $270,000 per year. Can you at least try to get a volume discount?
Pad March 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Gee I wonder if the BOE's food police is going to monitor whats eaten and drank in the teachers room such as coffee etc. Or better yet what is ordered for lunch at Nellis Drive etc etc. This is another waste of taxpayers money and someones personal agenda. Whats next a six figure nutritionist to oversee the program. This is another intrusion into peoples right of personal choice. So they bag in the bad stuff or eat it at home. Im sure the new Super has another friend he can bring in fom Paterson to handle this agenda. What Wayne needs is less and less rules and regulations. The BOE should spend more time cutting the fat out of the school budget then the children's diet. Because if they keep causing high tax increases we will all be eating at White Castle.
Donna March 17, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Glad to see the schoolboard is taking on the 'tough' issues. :/
Pad March 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Yeah real tough Donna. Maybe the parents should try parenting. This is a waste of time and taxpayers money. There are alot more serious issues and problems that they need to take care of. What a bunch of phoney people they are. All of them are just political wannabe's. Im sure glad we have these Bozo's deciding what best for everybody else.
Al Scala March 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Our test scores are going down, our 2 high schools are rated well below what they used to be, our school taxes are going up, salaries at Nellis Drive are through the roof, and they're worried about removing whole milk in our schools. Just goes to show you the priorities in our school system. This Board must go!
Jeffrey DelVecchio March 17, 2012 at 04:38 PM
So hot dogs and hamburgers made with meat by products, nitrates, fillers, etc are healthy because they are in whole wheat buns but whole milk is bad?
Al Scala March 17, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Next up? Executive nutritionist for 150K/yr. Oh, by the way, she'll need her own PR firm!
Jorgey May 24, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Its the litigous world we live in..1 we all created by suing 4every little reason or sitting by idle! Also do u hav any idea how bad Milk is? "got milk"? in Ur frig then U have pus,blood,antibiotics 2name only a few USDA allows a % of. Then theres RSBT or RBST? a naturaly occurin hormone in cow s they inject so cow produces what? more milk of cour$e! USDA claim cant regulate cause natural occurrin! IDK bout U but ANY amt of pus-blood-hormones-antibiotics is 2much 4any child...
Jorgey May 24, 2013 at 06:08 PM
in other words they inject a hormone that helps produce more milk (real natural milk product?) so USDA claim cant tell difference if cows injected (yeah..rite..ok I believe that cause US agencysaid so..the same 1 who changed food pyramid?) Ive watched parents feed their kids hotdogs(nitrates) soda&cereals(sugar),meat&lunch meat(cancer cause/nitrates) & then Dr prescribe ADD meds...diabetes..or just loss of concentration they ask 4sch 2hep aftersch & taxes go up...Its like bangin your head in2 a wall & wonderin Y U have a headache! Actualy most adults wouldnt bang their own head in2 a wall but will feed their child garbage!

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