Health - Study links bake sales to Obesity

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Study links bake sales, weight problems By STEVE KARNOWSKI ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER MINNEAPOLIS -- Schools that run bake sales and let teachers reward students with candy risk having more overweight  pupils, a study in Minneapolis suggests. That offers some vindication to the schools across the country that has cracked  down on cupcakes and cookies on campus. Lead author Martha Kubik, an associate professor at the University of  Minnesota, acknowledged her research doesn't prove that such food practices contribute to adolescent obesity, but there  does seem to be a connection. “I think we all have to step back and look at what we're doing to contribute to practices that  might not support children developing healthy dietary behavior," she said. Her study's results make sense to Kevin Miller, principal of Fair Haven Middle School, which banned bake sales and went  junk food-free as part of a district wide program in the New Haven, Conn. Miller doesn't allow vending machines, and his  cafeteria promotes healthy food. Kids are actually eating apples and oranges instead of throwing them away. And because there aren't any candy  wrappers around, he said, "Our hallways are impeccable." There was vindication, too, for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs, who responded to rising childhood obesity  by leading a statewide crackdown on junk food in schools last year. The Texas effort specifically targeted treats and bake  sales, along with vending machines. 
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