Remember those nutritional standards for food on county property and for sale at county events that Ken Ulman ordered when he was County Executive? The ones that Allan Kittleman said flew in the face of personal responsibility, personal choice, and maybe even personal hygiene? And remember when Allan said he was going to look at the whole healthy food situation, because he does believe in healthy food choices?
Well, Allan has to look no longer, because Calvin Ball has put the issue right in front of his face. It's a kinder, gentler version of the Ulman standards, that doesn't require tossing all that sugary stuff out of vending machines in county buildings, totally exempts the HCPSS from the policy (?????) and that doesn't require all healthy food at county events. Amanda Yeager wrote an article about it here. And the local Sun editors even took time out from their usual work pastime, which is trying to guess the date the Sun will stop covering Howard County altogether, and praise the Ball legislation. You can find their unusually logical and thoughtful editorial here.
Upon reading this legislation, it's so nice it'll mow your lawn and not even ask you for money. It makes healthy food choices more available and cheaper on county property. So if you want to know what a baked potato chip tastes like, you can pay less for them than their "normal" counterparts and give them a try! And then if you don't like it, no worries! But if you do like it-- well, perhaps you will have just formed a healthy habit! And in this way the war on obesity is fought.
And the choices will be plentiful and diverse-- so much so that you probably won't even know that the food choice you just made is indeed, healthy! I like this bill and can't see what problem anyone would have with it. Major county events are protected, and the "unhealthy" choices will be made available side by side with the "healthy" ones. One minor concern: a lot of protein bars which are considered "healthy" foods in the community do contain over 200 calories and likely too many calories from fat. So maybe if a food (like an energy bar) is high in protein (say, over 10 or 15 grams in a serving) it can count? It'skind of a meal replacement item. Like good ol' Carnation Instant Breakfast. Ahhhh, tasty! But I digress.
Other than that, who would have a problem with this legislation? Hmmm. I bet I know a couple folks who will.
Let's be careful out there.
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