Brick School District Updates Nutrition Policy

Policy will comply with new federal guidelines

Ahead of a change to the federal guidelines on school nutrition set to take effect July 1, the Brick Board of Education has taken the first step in changing its nutrition and wellness policy to be in line with the national law.

Signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, the new guidelines favor more fruits and vegetables and discourage meats and cheeses from being served in schools. Brick's policy is already in line with the vast majority of the guidelines, with the only required change being in the milk department: milk now must be 1 percent or less, and all flavored milk must be skim milk.

Whole milk has not been served for some time in schools.

The board approved the slight change to the policy on milk at its June 21 meeting.

The policy also encourages school-related organizations to sell foods that are in compliance with the overall wellness policy, though they are not required to follow it.

Some board members, as well as parents, worried that athletic snack stand staples such as hot dogs could be banned, but district Business Administrator James Edwards said that wasn't the case.

"We're not going to police them and tell them that they can't sell a hot dog, but we're going to encourage through our policy that they sell healthy, nutritional items," said Edwards.

Interestingly, one of the farthest-reaching – and potentially overlooked – ramifications of being within nutritional guidelines hits culinary arts classrooms where it hurts: in the sweet tooth.

Students in those classes are allowed to make delicious dishes such as cakes and pastries, but they are not able to share with their classmates.

Edwards confirmed students are allowed to make such foods, but not consume them.

"It's teaching them the right thing to eat, but it's going to make it much more difficult," Edwards said.

Though some of the items listed in the board's wellness policy could surprise some parents, it's nothing new. Besides the change in what type of milk can be served, the wellness policy has been in place for some time.

"It's an existing district policy," Edwards said.

Sal Petoia June 30, 2012 at 04:15 PM
LLIB: First, I am certainly not senile… at least not yet. Why do you feel a need to insult those whose opinions differ from yours? By the way, why is it you don't use your real name? Afraid of something? Second, in one of your posts you suggested that people "get hysterical" about a communist plot. Don't think I ever used the word "communist" in any of my comments. I do get concerned about having too much government intervention in our lives, attempting to control every aspect of what we do. Do you know (or care) that in Brick there is an ordinance that makes it against the law to feed the squirrels? This in a community dominated by oak trees which produce nuts, not all of which grow on trees. Third, you mention about both parents having to work nowadays, but you apparently failed to note that I said my mom worked (as did my father), but she still found time to make lunches for my sister and me. Fourth, I never said I was against kids eating nutritious meals, only that it should be a parental responsibility… you know (maybe not) where mothers or fathers, hopefully both, take care of their kids??? Sure, there are circumstances where the truly needy deserve help, but I have witnessed many abuses to the system where people collecting food stamps go to the store in high priced SUVs, or some on disability working on the side in construction milking the system for which we all pay. More to follow.
Sal Petoia June 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
For LLIB, continued from above: Maybe these things don't bother many, but they bother me, especially when taxes continue to soar and the government keeps giving handouts just so that politicians can be re-elected to office. Maybe I won't see it in what's left of my lifetime, but maybe you will be around to see and suffer the collapse of our entire economic system. We can't keep giving money away and expect others to pay the bill. THINK, LLIB, what happens when those who are forced to provide the money to those who are on the receiving end finally throw their hands up in despair! Some of you think the money source is inexhaustible, but it isn't. The country is already 16 trillion in debt, mostly to China. What happens when they call in the mark? Hope you can read and speak Chinese! And what of your kids' nutrition then? Hope they can survive on rice!
sara olson July 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Not sure where the author got his info, but there are NO federal restrictions on specific foods like meat and cheese. Same amount as always- but there are fat and calorie targets. So watch the deep fried and limit the pepperoni. These are GOOD things.
Pamela Schoenfeld RD July 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM
So we don't want our children to eat meat and full-fat dairy, but this is exactly what one of the major children's international aid organizations say that they are trying to provide children in impoverished countries to improve their nutrition and health. I wish I could remember the name of the organization, but it will come to me. What a travesty for American children. Government - get out of our cafeterias!
A Polymath July 07, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Perhaps they should be permitted to taste their creations, but not swallow them.... That's what wine, tea and coffee tasters do.


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