D.C. Council launching campaign against childhood obesity
The D.C. Council plans to give final approval Tuesday to school nutrition and physical education standards that would be among the strictest in the country, mandating that low-calorie and low-fat meals be served to about 71,000 students and eventually tripling the time they are required to spend exercising.
The schools would be encouraged to buy organic produce from farms in Maryland and Virginia.
The measure was inspired by first lady Michelle Obama's efforts to have children eat healthier foods and exercise more, and it would move breakfast from the cafeteria to the classroom in many D.C. schools to improve participation.
Officials said the program, estimated to cost as much as $23 million over four years, could be paid for through a citywide soda tax.
Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who sponsored the legislation, said she will propose a penny-per-ounce tax on soda, an idea that appears to have broad council support.
- Tim Craig
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