Colorado Seeks Lean Mean Title
Nachos, like free speech, may still be protected under Colorado State Law. However, most other foods containing artery-clogging trans-fats, are at risk.
Colorado known for its claim on having the lowest rate of adult obesity of any state in the nation, has "one of the highest rates of childhood obesity" says House Education Chairman Tom Massy, R-Poncha Springs.
Not a state to take this sort of thing with a grain of salt, mom's apple pie, or even lying down, we're taking the bull by the horns, and getting the lead and the trans-fat out!
Lawmakers are sponsoring a full-blown trans-fat ban! One that prohibits every morsel of trans-fat in school food, not only cafeteria foods, but any food items which fall under the "a la carte" heading, as well.
Apparently, the state's Department of Education has no school standard for trans-fat use. Says Department spokeswoman, Janelle Asmus, that a review "found the amount of trans-fat in a school meal to be minimal," but, that such review did not include alternative foodstuffs from vending machines, after-school activities or bake sales, the offending items which are now on the chopping block.
Don't let your kids get too attached to stir-fried beef cupcakes, with all-butter pork frosting, we will be limiting those fundraising opportunities to more healthful, wholesome, and sought-for 'goodies' like carob pop-overs (hold the whipped topping)... just kidding.
(Stir-fried beef's ok, just be sure to use olive oil.)
If approved, Colorado's title as healthy, lean, energetic and ready to prove it, stays intact, and the trans-fat ban on evil fatty foods takes affect next school year. The proposal may be amended in order to give schools time to comply, and also to exempt fundraisers from the ban, protecting many sporting-event concessions ... such as nachos.