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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, May 24, 2007
ARIZONA SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM HORNE ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY
NUTRITION STANDARDS FOR HIGH SCHOOLS
PHOENIX (Thursday, May 24, 2007) – Arizona Schools Chief Tom Horne today released Voluntary Arizona Nutrition Standards for high schools. The legislature has adopted
nutrition standards for grades K-8, but, despite repeated efforts by the Department of Education
and others concerned with student nutrition, has declined to adopt the standards for high school
Some high schools and unified districts, such as Phoenix Union and Scottsdale, have
already voluntarily adopted nutrition standards. The Department of Education is attempting to
accelerate this process, by releasing uniform voluntary standards, and urging parents over the
summer to request their school boards to adopt the voluntary standards for high schools.
Horne stated: “When I first took office in 2003, I proposed nutrition standards. Schools
resisted, arguing that they were making money by selling soda and candy. I felt that there were
better ways for schools to make money than pushing sugar and saturated fat on kids. After I
calmed down, I agreed to institute a pilot study to prove that schools could make just as much
money selling healthy foods such as low-fat milk, fruit juice, water, granola bars, and low-fat
Horne added: “Obesity and diabetes has become a wide-spread problem among students.
Many do not realize that every can of sugared soda has ten teaspoons of sugar. Students must be
more physically active, and develop healthy eating habits, in order to be academically successful,
and develop healthy habits for life.”
The standards can be viewed at www.azed.gov, click on A-Z Service and then Nutrition Standards, Arizona.