Chocolate milk ban discussed in W-S/Forsyth schools

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Chocolate milk makes up three-fourths of the milk that students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools drink, but the superintendent is still considering banning it.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Superintendent Don Martin is not ready to formally recommend such a proposal. However, he said banning chocolate milk is “a change worth making” as officials try to decrease sugar and fight obesity among children.

A committee is expected to look at the issue, but it’s not clear when. Several school board members told the Journal they are likely to support such a ban.

Congress recently approved new standards that will change the nutritional value of school meals over the next few years.

The changes don’t require schools to get rid of flavored milk, but flavored milk must be fat-free starting next school year. Unflavored milk can have 1 percent fat, however, according to the district’s contractor for the nutrition program.

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