[ QUOTE ] TRENTON, N.J. - "Junk food" from candy bars to soda would be prohibited from all public elementary and middle schools in the state under legislation approved by an Assembly committee Monday. Yahoo! Health Have questions about your health? Find answers here. The bill would ban the sale of foods that are defined as having minimal nutritional value by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (news - web sites) from being sold until 30 minutes after the end of the school day. Schools would only be allowed to have vending machines that sell whole grain foods, juice, water, milk and similar products available during the school day. "Public schools need to be a place where both healthy minds and bodies are created," said Assemblyman Craig Stanley, D-Essex, a co-sponsor of the bill. "Sugary, fat-laden foods have no place in our schools." Candy bars, chewing gum and anything else that is made up of 35 percent sugar or contains more than 8 grams of fat would be banned from school cafeterias. Items that are home-baked and sold for fund-raising purposes would be exempt. Bill sponsors said the measure would help stop obesity in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites) said the obesity rate for children and adolescents has more than doubled in the last 30 years. The bill passed by the Assembly Education Committee now goes to the Assembly speaker for consideration for a floor vote. [/ QUOTE ] I remember the days of grabbing a candy bar and sneeking it into class..Dam people are taking life from kids more and more these days..LET THEM GROW UP AND BE A KID..