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The Bake Sale Ban

October 5, 2009

Sports teams and clubs in New York City schools will need to pack up with their baking supplies and come up with new ways to fundraise this year. The Education Department has taken drastic measures to limit unhealthy foods and has banned most bake sales throughout city schools.

According to an article in the New York Times, approximately 40% of New York City’s elementary and middle school students are overweight or obese. In an attempt to cut empty calories, excess sugar and fat, a new wellness policy was put into place, eliminating bake sales and overhauling foods sold in vending machines and school stores. While schools all over the country are cracking down on sweet treats, policies in New York are the most severe.

The response from students: confusion and irritation. Many found the tried-and-true bake sale to be easy and profitable. One student claimed to profit nearly $500 during one day at a bake sale. School and department officials are urging students to get creative when it comes to raising money. They want to incorporate more healthy and active ideas such as walk-a-thons and races.

What do you think about the bake sale ban? Will a reduction in processed baked goods lower childhood obesity rates and raise productivity? Or will students have trouble raising funds for uniforms and trips? 

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.