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Seattle Bans Soda & Junk Food from Schools

News Release
>From Seattle Public Schools

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2004
Contact: Patti Spencer, Public Affairs, (206) 252-0204
Brita Butler-Wall, School Board Director, (206) 523-4922, (206) 713-1260

Seattle School Board Approves Comprehensive Suite of Nutrition Policies

Sales of Sodas and Junk Food Banned on School Campuses

The Seattle School Board has unanimously approved a comprehensive and
far-reaching set of nutrition-related policies designed to provide students
with healthy food and beverage choices during the school day. Specifically,
the policies will ban sales of all foods containing high levels of sugar and
fat, improve the quality and appeal of school meal programs, and prohibit
contracts with beverage vendors for "exclusive pouring rights."

These policies are amongst the strongest in the country, and confirm the
Board's commitment to eliminating barriers to learning by creating a healthy
nutrition environment in all 100 schools.

"These policies make it clear that we are determined to provide our students
with healthy food options," said School Board Vice-President Brita
Butler-Wall. "We are committed to providing an environment at each school
that maximizes students" ability to learn and succeed. That includes
ensuring that foods and beverages sold at schools are healthy and
nutritious."

The new policies require all foods and beverages sold and distributed during
the school day to meet nutrition guidelines and follow certain portion
sizes. This provision will go into effect immediately at elementary and
middle schools, and beginning February 1, 2005 at high schools. Exclusive 'pouring rights' contracts will be prohibited, and the current exclusive
contract with Coca-Cola will be phased out within one year. The policies
also give direction to the school meal program and others to offer fresh,
local, organic, non-genetically-modified, non-irradiated, unprocessed food,
whenever feasible.

Butler-Wall praised Shelley Curtis, Nutrition Director for the Children's
Alliance, for leading the research team that developed the policies over a
six-month period. The nutrition sub-committee of the School Board relied on
the expertise of more than 60 health and nutrition experts and community
members. In adopting these policies, Seattle leads the way on a new state
law requiring districts to adopt nutrition policies by 2005.

The new and amended policies include:

Policy E11.00, Food Service
<http://www.seattleschools.org/area/policies/e/e11-00.pdf> , and Procedure

E11.01, Breakfast and Lunch Program
<http://www.seattleschools.org/area/policies/e/e11-01.pdf>

Policy E13.00, Food Sales
<http://www.seattleschools.org/area/policies/e/e13-00.pdf> , and Procedure

E13.01, Distribution and Sales of Competitive Foods
<http://www.seattleschools.org/area/policies/e/e13-01.pdf>

Procedure C30.01, Advertising and Commercial Activities
<http://www.seattleschools.org/area/policies/c/c30-01.pdf>

The report of the nutrition committee
<http://www.seattleschools.org/area/board/committeereports/nutritionreport07
1304.pdf> is available on the District¹s Web site at
http://www.seattleschools.org/area/board/committees.xml and School Board
Policies are available at
http://www.seattleschools.org/area/policies/index.dxml
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