School board to vote on new healthy food, drink policy for CPS - FOX 32 News Chicago

School board to vote on new healthy food, drink policy for CPS

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Chicago Public School system may be about to ban some of the sweet treats currently found in school cafeterias.

The Chicago Board of Education will vote this week on a new policy that could ban soft drinks, Gatorade and even whole milk. The district is pushing lower calorie and lower sodium foods.

Under the policy, food and drinks sold on campus will have to meet district nutritional standards. Teachers are also being encouraged to stop handing out junk food as rewards.

The list of proposed items to be banned includes vitamin water drinks, energy drinks and anything that doesn't contain 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice. It would also limit the sale of candy bars and other treats for fundraising events.

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