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Healthy snacks promoted even on Hallowe’en


November 4, 2008
By THE CANADIAN PRESS

candyNovember 4, 2008 – Montreal – Ghoulish costumes and teeth-rotting candy have given way to
orange T-shirts and pumpkin muffins at many schools across Canada as
political correctness and the global health craze transform how
holidays like Halloween are celebrated.

Ghoulish costumes and teeth-rotting candy have given way to orange
T-shirts and pumpkin muffins at many schools across Canada as political
correctness and the global health craze transform how holidays like
Halloween are celebrated.

Over the last few years, many provinces have taken measures to
ban junk food from school vending machines and have sought to eliminate
trans fats from cafeteria food.

To complement such moves, school boards have tried to
incorporate physical education and good nutrition into everyday school
life, and some aren't prepared to give that up — even for the
holidays.

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We adopted our policy and we asked ourselves, 'should we make
exceptions for holidays like Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day and
Easter?'" said Catherine Houpert, a spokeswoman with the Commission
scolaire des Patriotes board south of Montreal.

We decided no, we won't make any exceptions because good nutrition is right every day of the year and also on holidays."

As such, teachers and administrators across the board will be barred from distributing sugary snacks on Friday.

But Houpert said that doesn't prevent kids from bringing Kit
Kats and potato chips to school in their own lunch boxes or prevent
classrooms from participating in Halloween festivities.

School staff are encouraged to distribute dried fruit instead
of jujubes, chocolate with a 65 per cent cocoa content instead of
commercial brands, and apple juice slushies rather than traditional
ones that are full of sugar and artificial colour and flavour, she said.