Nov 15, 2010

New nutrition rules may be no party for students

No more cake, cookies and candy at school parties if the state of Pennsylvania approves new nutrition guidelines.

Parent organizers would have to pick just one sweet treat per party and will be encouraged to order anything else from a menu of healthy snacks from their district’s food services department.

“I’m frustrated to hear that (the state) felt like they’d have to do that,” said Michelle Sierk of Hempfield, president of the parent-teacher organization at West Point Elementary near Greensburg. The group already encourages parents to find creative ways to limit sugary snacks.

“We tell the party moms to send in one sweet snack, something salty, something healthy and one drink,” Sierk said. “We try to regulate ourselves in the sense that it’s our kids.”

But that's not enough for the "Nanny State" Pennsylvania State Board of Education.

One commenter wrote:

Once upon a time in America, people who stole candy from babies were considered to be really, really bad people, the lowest of the low. Now they run the government.