The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that what kids eat at school matters.
More than 55 million children and teens attend the nation’s public schools—and eat about 35% to 40% of their daily calories there. It’s really important that those calories be healthy ones. If we can make the food they eat at school healthier, it could make all the difference.
Banning sweets at parties or for rewards forces people to think of healthy ways to celebrate, either with healthy foods or without foods at all (like by sending in pencils or other small gifts for classmates instead of sweets).
Banning selling candy for fundraisers or at school events also forces people to stop and think about what they are doing—and how it might impact students.
It makes a statement about how the school values student health—and helps create a school culture of healthy eating.