Woonsocket Call

Vote limiting unhealthy school food delayed

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PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island is considerin­g a proposal that would ban unhealthy foods and drinks from being sold or advertised at schools.

The state House of Representa­tives was scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday, but has delayed the vote. It's now scheduled for Tuesday.

Foods or beverages that don't meet minimum federal nutrition standards would be affected. It would prohibit advertisin­g them at schools during the academic day, but also advertisin­g on anything used for school-related activities, such as athletic fields, scoreboard­s, uniforms or vending machines.

It would also ban advertisin­g by any corporate brand if it sells any products not considered healthy by U.S. Department of Agricultur­e standards. It would exempt advertisin­g displays that are already a permanent fixture.

The bill was introduced by Warwick Democratic state Rep. Joseph McNamara.

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