Students Crusade to Ban Junk Food

Students Crusade to Ban Junk Food

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(Millcreek Township, Utah-AP) -- A group of Morningside Elementary sixth-graders are crusading to ban junk food in elementary schools.

But they've met the opposition of the bottle and snack-food lobby, along with school board stewards and sweet-toothed schoolmates.

The group is called SASSY, which stands for Students Against Sugar in Schools for Youth. The students have appeared before the Legislature, the Granite School Board and P-T-A chapters to try to reduce the number of unhealthy choices in vending machines at Utah schools.

But not all of the students' classmates are convinced. Some have created anti-SASSY groups, and chase the kids around yelling things like 'Sugar is good for you.'

Sarah Meier is president of the Granite School Board. She says she sympathizes with the students' cause, but schools make too much money from vending machines to take them out of elementary schools.

A measure to ban junk food in public schools failed this past legislative session.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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