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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  • by Janet Location: Panama City on Oct 29, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    Limiting Gatoraid and pizza is not the problem. ONly a few may be allergic to candy or pizza. The Bookit reading program has helped my children WANT to read for reward of pizza party for the class - therefore ENJOYING reading AND telling others to read. READING is a NECESSITY in today's world. I agree also with James (D Springs) comments re: religion, freedom, government. I would MUCH rather have my child (had 4 in BAY CO Schools) tell me they had pizza and/or candy (esp for holiday parties) than their high school life management class passing out condoms. Safe sex IS better than teen pregnancies, BUT, why are the schools promoting safe sex? sorry-off subject here-- At any rate, the pizza/candy rewards are for the class and promote CLASS rewards, not just individual rewards. The class learns to work together as a team. Gatoraid? What the world has come to when you are taking AWAY an athletes ability to put BACK into his/her system what P.E. has taken out. Take away the SODA !
  • by Mandy Location: Fla on Oct 24, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    I swear they are not happy with nothing in school I rather for my child to have candy than coming home telling me OH JUST WHAT MOM MY TEACHER GAVE ME A CONDOM SHE SAID IT OKAY TO HAVE SEX!!!!!!!!!!!! Here come a baby in this world.
  • by Lyle Location: Chipley, FL on Oct 24, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    I see nothing wrong with a piece of candy.
  • by James W Location: Defuniak Springs on Oct 23, 2008 at 08:34 PM
    Though well intentioned, it seems to punish the skinny, thin kids for the actions of the heavy set children. Is this like Russia, or someplace that dictates to the population. Whatever happened to freedom of choice? Does the Criminal Justice System punish the victims as well as the perpatrators ? Like Barry said below " Just another way Goverment is telling us how to live". This country was founded by people fleeing a goverment telling people how to worship .Supposedly we have freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to vote, but what our children can consume is decided by some high handed committee. And with my religious freedom I hope and pray those responsible are not reelected, and those policy makers not elected are terminated! Big brother should mind his own business. Like taxes and deficits run away spending, excessive taxation, and not high handedly dictate edicts and proclamations. Goverment tried to outlaw alcohol. Prohibition didnt work .Power to the people!
  • by Melissa Location: Panama City on Oct 23, 2008 at 07:31 PM
    I really think we, as parents, should band together and march down to the school board. We should DEMAND our civil rights back, and REFUSE to cooperate with any of their high and mighty ideas. MAybe Dr. Newsome and his Psycho-babble needs to get a psych eval done and realize that no one here has elected him "God." Just a thought. I know I personally am SICK TO DEATH of seeing our rights, little by little, disappearing before our eyes. These people are elected, and I vote we get rid of them, ASAP!
  • by Cynicgrrl Location: Panama City on Oct 23, 2008 at 05:41 PM
    Part III With young adults it is particularly important not to make decisions 'for them', but rather to teach them HOW to make sound decisions. Equip them with the knowledge of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. And then--'compromise'! A little compromise never hurt anybody. Rather than remove their choices entirely, perhaps a good compromise would be to avail these machines for a 'limited' time during the day and provide a few 'healthier' choices in addition to the 'junk food'. I think we'd all be rather surprised to find out that many of these young adults would make smarter, healthier choices than those for which we give them credit. ~ CynicLgrrl
  • by CynicLgrrl Location: Panama City on Oct 23, 2008 at 05:39 PM
    Part II Oh-- also, somebody might want to mention the Bay County school boards' new novel approach to the 'Pizza Hut’s 'Book It!' program. Since it's inception in 1985 'Book It' has been an incentive program used by 50,000 schools nationwide--to reward young readers with free pizzas. On it's website the 'Book It' program provides a list and links to 20 of it's 'partners' --two of which are Reading is Fundamental and the U.S. Department of Education. Even if Bay County schools do not participate in, or are promoters of the program, they are certainly associated with 'Partner's who 'do' and 'ARE'. What kind of mixed message is that? ~ CynicLgrrl
  • by CynicLgrrl Location: Panama City on Oct 23, 2008 at 05:37 PM
    A Response in Three Parts. Part I Although the concern of the Bay County School Board and Dr. Jason Newsom for the children's health is commendable, this is a problem that has been instilled in most children from toddlerhood. "If you behave you'll get to have ICE CREAM! Mmmmmm". Schools claim to be preparing our children for adulthood--particularly High School students. Well, they are well on their way! As an adult, I can assure them that I'm watching in disbelief as my options, rights, and civil liberties are vanishing before my very eyes! C'mon, Let's face it--these 'students' will actually be making their 'very own food and beverage choices' as as 'adult' any day now. ~CynicLgrrl
  • by Melissa Location: Panama City on Oct 23, 2008 at 01:30 PM
    Well, once again, the School Board is imposing THEIR beliefs on all the belittled parents. Lord forbid someone give a child a sucker or a piece of candy. Yep, that ONE piece of candy being withheld from a child is going to COMPLETELY irradicate obesity in our youth!! COME ON you Communistic "leaders." QUIT TELLING THE PARENTS how to raise their children, QUIT imposing YOUR ideas on our children. Live a little. Stop being so high-handed and realize that little by little you are taking away our American-endowed rights.
  • by Joy Location: Panama City on Oct 23, 2008 at 10:55 AM
    This is crazy! It's okay to pass out condoms in high school "life management" class, but don't let the kids buy gatorade or eat m&m's. I'm glad we've finally got our priorities straight!
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