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Banning Junk Food in Schools

Original Air Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011


According to Statistics Canada, 17% of Canadian kids 6 and older fall into the "overweight" category, and 9% are obese. To encourage healthy living and provide nutrition during the day, all Edmonton public schools will be junk-food free when classes start in September, but some question the effectiveness of a total ban, when many students can run down the street to grab fast food. Will a junk-food ban make an impact on what students choose to eat? Is nutrition the responsibility of our education system? Joining us for this discussion is David Colburn, Board Chair of Edmonton Public Schools; and Eryn Kelly, Co-President of the Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils.

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