Prohibit school practices that encourage students to make unhealthy dietary choices. Such practices include campus advertising; marketing of foods and beverages that are high in fat, sodium, or have added sugars; using low nutritive foods to reward students; or withholding food as punishment.
School-business partnerships should meet identified educational needs, not solely
commercial motives. Schools should refrain from promoting products to students
that result in consumption of foods that do not conform to the recommendations
of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (23). To do so risks
contradicting healthy eating messages that students receive elsewhere at school
and raises ethical questions about advertising and business involvement in the
Food should not be used as a reward. By providing food as a reward for good behavior, some children learn to use food for comfort and consolation, which can lead to overeating and obesity.
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