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Province looking at healthy schools options

The Education Minister wants more monitoring, tastier healthy options

On Tuesday, the auditor general revealed despite school cafeterias offering healthier food choices, their sales have plummeted by 25-45 per cent because high school students go to fast food places instead.

Wednesday, the province is trying to figure out why things aren't working and how things can move forward so your kids aren't eating fries every day.

Ontario has based their healthy school strategy on jurisdictions where it's worked before. Education Minister Liz Sandals says that's because the healthy options cafeterias offered were tasty.

So Sandals wants to make sure there are a variety of options in place that are good for kids. But the Auditor General found the healthy options at schools in fact, have high salt and fat content.

Sandals offers its something that needs to be monitored.

She says school boards should have periodic check-ins with contracted out cafeteria services to make sure they're serving the right kind of food.

The Auditor also revealed the province doesn't monitor if your kids get 20 minutes of daily exercise at school. Sandals says, in general, the province is trying to find more solutions to make sure your kids have access to a healthier lifestyle.

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  1. Jack posted on 12/11/2013 04:27 PM
    The healthiest choice for our schools would be to outlaw the teacher's unions, so our kids don't grow up thinking that the temper tantrums, bullying, and extortion which the unions routinely engage in are how to get ahead in the world.
    1. Frankie posted on 12/11/2013 04:37 PM
      @Jack Sandals doesn't understand why program isn't working? Ask a 10-year old, dummy! How stupid are these politicians and their bureaucrats?

      The more government is involved in our lives the lower the quality of our society.
    2. Mark posted on 12/11/2013 05:39 PM
      @Jack Umm... And how do your comments having anything to do with healthy food choices and daily exercise?
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