Conn. Grade School Kills Dessert

Cafeteria replaces ice cream with fruit, to mixed reviews
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 11, 2008 11:55 AM CST
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(Newser) – Hoping to curb the trend toward obesity and diabetes in children, one Connecticut school has taken a drastic measure: It no longer serves sweets. The ice cream and cookies that drew huge cafeteria crowds twice a week have been replaced with fruit and yogurt, reports CBS 2 New York. The move makes parents happy, but many students are less than thrilled.

"When children have nutritionally sound lunches and breakfasts, they're better able to focus," says the school’s principal. “All the boys in the fifth grade were shouting, 'We want ice cream, we want ice cream,’” said one 10-year-old. But, he allowed: "What I do like about is it's getting kids to eat healthier."