SOURCE: California Center for Public Health Advocacy

September 01, 2005 20:43 ET

California Sets New Standard for Children's Health

Dual Legislation Ousts Soda and Junk Food in Schools

SACRAMENTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 1, 2005 -- Passage of two bills in as many days will mean wholesale changes to California's school nutrition environment as sodas and junk foods become history on the state's school campuses. Today's passage by the California Assembly of SB 965 (Martha Escutia, D-Montebello) banned soda sales on high school campuses, while yesterday's passage of SB 12 banned the sale of junk food in all public K-12 schools by creating the most rigorous nutritional standards in the country. Together, the bills push California to the national forefront in safeguarding the health of its school children.

"In the last two days, California has done more to promote healthy eating for students than at any other point in our state's history. We've reclaimed schools as institutions of education, rather than as marketplaces for junk food and soda vendors," said Dr. Harold Goldstein of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), which helped advocate for the bills.

The two bills come on the heels of a study released last week showing a 6 percent increase in the rate of overweight children throughout the state. The study by CCPHA found that 28.1 percent of children were overweight, with increases for every ethnicity, age and gender group studied.

"California has set a new national standard for protecting children," explained SB 965 and SB 12 author Sen. Martha Escutia. "Today we have taken a bold step in addressing the child health and obesity crisis. By addressing what is sold on school campuses, we have put control back in the hands of parents where it belongs."

CCPHA is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded by the California Public Health Association-North and the Southern California Public Health Association. Detailed information about SB 12, SB 965 and the recent CCPHA childhood obesity study are available at the CCPHA Web site at: http://www.publichealthadvocacy.org.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Dr. Harold Goldstein
    CA Center for Public Health Advocacy
    (530) 400-9106
    or
    Paula Hamilton
    Brown-Miller Communications
    (800) 710-9333