A school in Washington state has upped the ante on fighting childhood obesity by strictly regulating birthday and holiday treats in the classroom.
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"Birthday parties in classrooms may be celebrated with non-food treats and favors for students. No food is allowed as part of a birthday celebration. Appropriate alternatives to food that may be shared on special occasions can be within the procedures," the school's website now reads.
The decision was made by the Edmonds School District's Wellness Committee that was created in response to new federal guidelines that require "superintendents to monitor nutritional standards for unregulated items such as food prepared by parent groups, vending-machine fare, student store offerings and classroom parties," The Herald in Everett, Washington, reported.