Ontario To Make Schools Trans-Fat Free

    McGuinty Government To Introduce New Bill To Help Kids Eat Smart

    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Ontario is taking action to make schools
healthier places to learn by moving to drop trans fat from lunchroom menus.
    "Our kids' health is just too important to risk," said Premier Dalton
McGuinty. "Trans fats have no place in our schools and we've got to act now."
    Legislation to be introduced tomorrow would drop trans fat from school
cafeteria menus and vending machines. It builds on earlier action to ban junk
food in elementary schools and a call for 20 minutes of daily exercise.
    Trans fat is often found in french fries, some cookies and other
cafeteria foods. The processed oil can contribute to childhood obesity. The
rate of obesity in kids has tripled over the past 25 years.  Most obese
children become overweight adults, putting them at higher risk for diabetes
and heart disease.  Cutting processed trans fat could help save lives and
health care dollars.

    Ontario's Healthy Food for Healthy Schools Act will call for:
    -   An end to selling food with trans fat in school cafeterias
    -   An all-out ban on junk food and trans fat in all public school
        vending machines
    -   Healthier menu choices in cafeterias, based on the new Eating Well
        with Canada's Food Guide.

    Under the proposal, Ontario would move to exempt some foods that
naturally contain small amounts of trans fat, including beef, lamb and milk.
    "We are very pleased the government is joining us in our fight against
trans fats," said Rocco Rossi, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Ontario.  "We look forward to working together to make our schools a healthier
environment for our children."

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