Candy, Food Banned As Reward In Bay Co. Classrooms

Some teachers reward their students' successes with a piece of candy or other edible treat. But not anymore, at least not in Bay County.

Wednesday, Bay County school board members approved a new school services health plan, which bans food as a reward in the school system.

School officials are also removing Gatorade from high school vending machines.

Bay County Health Department representatives helped devise the plan.

Director Dr. Jason Newsom says the board will likely hear some complaints from parents and the athletic community, but thinks the change will be beneficial.

"What I see most often is children will go out and engage in a modicum of physical activity and then cap off that physical activity with 200 to 250 calories of sugar at the end. So in hindsight they actually gained weight by participating in the activity because of the refreshment drink that they feel consumed to consume afterward," said Dr. Newsom.

The document covers a variety of other topics, as well from student health records, to suicide rates.

Board members approved the plan through 2010.

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