The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted Governor Rod Blagojevich's ban on junk food in elementary and middle schools. The board voted seven-to-two today to prohibit the sale of junk food before and during the school day starting this fall.
Supporters say the ban will help keep children healthier, but others argue the decision should be left up to local school boards. Children may not purchase soda, chips or cookies among other snacks during the prohibited hours starting this fall. The board's chairman says it's the first step in fighting childhood obesity.
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