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THOMPSON: Pound Foolish Reconsidered

Michellesesame The Washington Post speculates that a Kentucky experiment could reverberate throughout the nation. Junk food in school vending machines has always been the third rail of educational politics, almost as sacrosanct as serving french fries in the lunch line. Proceeds from Cheetos and Twinkies typically fund sports programs. This "status quo" persists at a time when childhood obesity has more than doubled and 1/5th of the increase in children’s body mass is attributable to junk foods in schools.

When Kentucky schools cracked down on empty calories from vending machines, however, revenue increased in their lunch lines. Even when Kentucky or California schools improved the nutritional quality of school lunches, better food was more profitable. Of course, it is absurd to worry about pennies lost or gained when discussing the future health of our citizens. But this year, under the leadership of Michelle Obama and with less resistance from the food corporations, we may see a real change. - Abc_Weaver_Obama_090408_mn John Thompson

Update. Sixth Grade Reporter Damon Weaver and President Obama weigh in on school lunch menus. 

Mr. WEAVER: I suggest that we have French fries and mangoes every day for lunch.

President BARACK OBAMA: See, you know, and if you were planning the lunch program, it'd probably taste good to you, but it might not make you big and strong like you need to be

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How about Trader Joe's stuff in vending machines?

Interesting....but seriously how can people expect better food in the cafeterias if so many cities have huge education budget deficits (ie Chicago)??

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