Norton Calls for Healthier Food Options at School

Posted at: 04/08/2013 11:48 AM
Updated at: 04/08/2013 12:06 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The amount of junk food and sugary drinks facing school kids is shocking, according to Rochester Representative Kim Norton.

Norton, who is vice-chair of the Health and Human Services Finance committee, wrote an article for MinnPost Monday, outlining a variety of roadblocks that need to be addressed in order to give our children healthier options at school.

Norton wrote that nationwide, students consume 400 billion calories worth of junk food, and in Minnesota one in four students is overweight.

One of the reasons, Norton says, is a lack of policy guidelines.  She wrote, "We have no existing state policy guidelines for vending machines, student stores and á la carte items. Having strong national guidelines would be a major first step in the right direction."

Norton urges anyone who shares the same concerns to sign a nation petition, asking the USDA to take action.  You can find that petition, here.

To read Norton's full article on MinnPost, click here.