No More Chocolate Milk In Minneapolis Schools

By Susie Jones, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis School officials are trying to help students become healthier by reducing the sugar consumption in meals, and that means no more chocolate milk.

Starting next year, chocolate milk will not be offered, but that has some at the Midwest Dairy Council upset.

Carolyn Hudson is a registered dietitian, and says the milk that the schools offer, even chocolate, is re-formulated with less sugar.

“And we are talking about 28 more calories, so this is not a lot. So we believe there are better ways to trim the fat and calories and added sugar from the school lunch program,” Hudson said.

School officials say there is some concern about the move, because chocolate milk makes up 60 percent of the district’s overall milk sales.

They have taken many steps over the past several years to offer students healthier choices, such as offering fresh fruit and removing French fries from the menu.

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One Comment

  1. ? says:

    awww too bad kiddies

    1. Lemo says:

      Let em have it one day a week. At least that way they will drink milk. Just because some kids drink chocolate milk every day, doesnt mean you have to punish the rest of the kids. Not all of us are bad parents. The school district is playing God.

    2. Private School Parent says:

      They are saying “NO” to Chocolate Milk to make room for “Obama Kool Aid”.
      That will be the only choice from now on.

  2. M says:

    I can’t believe this is an issue. There are much more important things to focus on. Have we really lost sight as to what is most important.

    1. M says:

      Why don’t they just make gym class a bit longer or more strenuous. Oh wait that would be child neglect. LOL

      1. swmnguy says:

        What gym class? They cut gym class to free up more money to spend on testing consultants to satisfy the politicians.

        1. anna says:

          Yep the children at my school go to Physical Education class one day a week!

    2. Mike says:


      Childhood obesity is as serious as a heart attack.

  3. mpls sux says:

    Liberals controlling your choices…

    Why not have the parents vote on that?

    Liberals always seem to think they know best…

    1. JamieinMN says:

      And YOU think you know best?!?!!? Ha, ha!

      1. Phid says:

        Better the individual makes up his or her own mind than some bureaucrats in Minneapolis!

    2. Duh says:

      Yeah…and the conservatives don’t control your choices at all… especially when it comes to gay marriage and abortion…

      1. mpls sux says:

        Always playing that gay card … why not bring up the race card while you are at it… whining babies.

        1. really says:

          DUH is right…the conservatives want to control a women’s right to choose and what the doctor is supposed to say BEFORE a woman chooses….who the heck do they think they are.

          1. Charlie says:

            What the heck??? A story about chocolate milk turns to this???
            And you accuse Tea Party people out of line? Give us a break!

        2. James says:

          ok, chocolate milk is being banned due to it’s color. how’s that? whiner yourself.

    3. Chuck Bass says:

      It has been up to the parents up til now and we have the fattest kids in the world. Nice work parents. Something needs to be done to change the way kids and adults look at food and nutrition. Chocolate milk is a small dent overall, but we have to start somewhere and even getting kids to realize adding even a little sugar will add up over time and result in being overweight.

      1. csuzeq says:

        Ya know, Chuck, maybe if the schools stopped wasting their time teaching kids how socialism is great and Capitalism is evil and about how to use a condom in preschool and how great it is to live in Cuba (yes, my son came home telling me all about these things) and the schools actually allowed more than 20 minutes for lunch so that a child doesn’t have to wolf down what they can after waiting in line and go home and pig out before dinner because the school has starved them to death all day and the schools go back to making phy ed a daily activity again so students aren’t just sitting on their butts for hours a day, well, maybe then there wouldn’t be such a weight problem!!!!

        Do you have children in school or do you just spew sh-t out your as- all day???

      2. dmedic69 says:

        Our kids are fat from fast food and junk food. Also the video game machines in your house. Make your kids go outside in the real world and play and interact with other kids….. while your at run your ass around with them. That is what will make it so our kids aren’t fat anymore

    4. Good Ol Boy says:

      The article didn’t mention liberals. Sorry. Your comment is disregarded.

  4. Coca Cola King says:

    drink my pop instead

  5. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    When I was growing up chocolate milk wasn’t even an option on the menu. Now my kids are in school and they are allowed to have 1 container of chocolate milk per week at school if they’ve been good which is determined by the teacher. Going without chocolate milk isn’t difficult.

    1. Chuck says:

      So why ban it though? Is that necessary???

    2. Good Ol Boy says:

      Wait til they tell you that you can’t give it to your kids in your own kitchen either.

      Social engineering has no limits. Only things that haven’t been banned yet.

  6. rich says:

    mpls is the worst run district in the state. first they will hire consultants, then a assosiate superintendent, and a assistant assosiate superintendent and entire staff to look into the chocolet milk issue. and to pay for all this they will lay off teachers, cut programs for kids, raise taxes. really look at how top heavey ssd#1 is

  7. JamieinMN says:

    Good. They don’t NEED chocolate milk. They can get it at home if their parents allow it. This is a HUGE issue, not just milk but what the schools are feeding these children.

    1. Claire says:

      No kidding. When I see Mozzeralla sticks as a main course I have to cringe!

      1. JamieinMN says:

        Oh my god…….that shocks me. That is just gross. These are growing children. Right now is the time they NEED nutritional food.

    2. Sangelia says:

      many kids are not able to have milk at home. many kids are below the poverty line. and milk in many cases is not affordable. it is nearly $4 a for a gallon of milk. and many folks can not afford that for their kids.
      for many kids. being able to have milk be it white or chocolate at school IS the only time they get milk in the day.
      my man and I are luckly we can afford it for our girl. but chocolate syrup and or powder is not cheap. and for our girl. chocolate milk is more of a treat than a regular item.
      plus they forget that chocolate helps to fight some forms of cholesterol.

  8. Larry L. Potter says:

    If you think this is bad wait until the First Lady puts her program in place. The kids won’t have any choices but Fruit and Fresh vegetables and when I say fresh vegetables that isn’t frozen or canned, it means fresh as from the garden.

    1. Brandon says:

      Yeah. That sounds terrible.

    2. JamieinMN says:

      Better than what they’re getting now! Cheeseburgers and pizzas covered in PLASTIC being MICROWAVED!

      1. Sangelia says:

        that plastic if you check snopes is food and microwave safe.
        but they should instead of removing the chocolate milk. could remove things like breaded fried fish and corndogs from the menu. those have a ton of salt and fats in them.
        thing is, kids do need some fats to grow. and carbs for brain power.

    3. Claire says:

      The problem with the first lady proposal is that kids wont eat it. Our school currently offers fresh fruit and veggies. They are required to take it but it ends up in the garbage. The schools need to start preparing real meals like they used to. All this pre-made junk is stoked full of salt and fat.

      1. Chuck Bass says:

        That might be true for a while, but think about the 1st grader coming in and only getting nutritious food. That kids won’t know the difference. Think of how much healthier that generation will be. You have to start somewhere. Not doing things because they are hard is idiotic and a terrible example for kids.

        1. dmedic69 says:

          read the studies on chocolate milk theres not much sugar in it and the body turns those sugars to fuel. I think people should be more worried about their childs education rather then if they drink white or chocolate milk. People are fat due to the fact that every where you turn is 10 different fast food places. As long as the kids drink milk which they need for their brain to grow and develop as they why should it matter to YOU. Police your own children people not mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Kiretwin says:

    That god I don’t need to parent any more. The school can do it for me. I don’t even have to tell them no.

  10. yep says:

    A lot of kids will not drink regular milk which means now they just won’t drink anything at lunch. I would rather my child drink chocolate milk for the calcium than nothing. Chocolate skim milk isn’t that bad for you if the rest of your meal is balanced.

    1. JamieinMN says:

      It’s FULL of sugar. Why do you think 25.8 million children and adults (and counting) in the United States, 8.3% of the population have diabetes?!!?!?

      1. mpls sux says:

        Because parents over feed their kids, and they grow up to be lazy liberals like yourself who sit around and complain and never get off the couch and need to watch things like American Idol.

        1. 'cco needs a like button says:

          If there was a “like” button I’d push it. Seriously JamieinMN, stop Googling random things to make yourself sound smart.

      2. gerrymn says:

        That’s right, the ONLY way to get biabetes is by drinking chocolate milk. Get real.

        1. gerrymn says:

          Okay, before some jumps on me, it’s diabetes not biabetes.

      3. GetAClue says:

        JamieinMN…you really think that kids drinking choc milk ONCE A DAY at school is contributing to them being over weight? I DON’T THINK SO! Kids get more of their meals and fats at home because their parents buy them whatever they want and don’t make the choices for them. IT’S NOT THE SCHOOL’S FAULT THAT KIDS ARE FAT!

      4. Charlie says:

        Well it definitely isn’t the choc milk in half pint containers at school!
        Get a grip already on what really drives the obesity… not by limiting/banning it to all because some cannot manage themselves… must be raising future liberals!

      5. Good Ol Boy says:

        Because of the 28 calories extra in school chocolate milk? You’re staking that claim, JamieinMN?

      6. dmedic69 says:

        Diabetes is not caused by eating or drinking sugar obesity is stupid. Diabeties is a disease so many miss informed people who beleive everything they hear on TV or read on the net.

      7. IntheMidwest says:

        Perhaps, Jamie, our children and adults are so obese because our meat industry pumps the cattle, hogs, and poultry full of steroids to make them grow faster and create more profit? Just a thought.

    2. JamieinMN says:

      Maybe YOUR kid won’t drink regular milk because you constantly give them chocolate in their milk and you obviously can’t say no.

      1. yep says:

        My son is 2 and drinks milk just fine. I know of others who do not. You obviously either have an easy kid or do not have kids if you think you can make them drink something they don’t want to, especially when you aren’t present.

        1. Good Ol Boy says:

          Hilarious. There are people whose kids have them so trained that they will refuse regular milk, only accept chocolate milk, and the parents have to go by the kids’ rules?


    3. mplsmom says:

      I agree with the statement above! If chocolate milk is the only way a kid gets calcium then let them have some chocolate milk! I say leave the chocolate milk and get rid of the fries and other foods that don’t add value to their diets.

      1. Good Ol Boy says:

        If you think giving your kid chocolate milk is the only way for your kid to get calcium, you aren’t paying attention.

  11. Milton says:

    It’s not just liberals who control choices. Conservatives and liberals both are in positions on power and I don’t exactly see many choices in various areas of my life. Besides, if it’s known that excess sugar leads to diabetes and adhd-like symptoms, why would we let our kids harm themselves? Cows don’t eat sugar-why is there such a high content though? I choose to have NO sugar added to my milk, oh wait that’s not a choice either.

  12. Eric Toth says:

    Leave it to conservative whiners to sq1ueal abotu thos emean old liberals controlling choices. When they are the ones who want govt to control what women do to their bodies, the Fla GOP passed a bill to restrict pediatricians from talking to inner city kids about gun violence and the conservative hypocrites are the ones who restrict an individual’s right to die with dignity when faced with terminal illness.

    But they’ll fight to the death the right to buy the lightbulb of their choice and feed children sugary snacksw that make them fat and give them ADD.

    If you are a conservative, you are a moron!

  13. LIBS AT WORK says:

    One little thing at a time. Year after year government invades our freedom’s. Libs plan at work. Wake up America, find some pride, and be a parent to your children not a friend. Chocolate milk is not the problem. More like TV, computers, and video games. Worthless parents have caused this. JamieinMN, I hope to God, that you do not have children.

    What’s the main difference between a lib and a conservative?

    If a lib doesn’t like chocolate milk, then no one should have it.

    If a conservative doesn’t like chocolate milk, then just he doesn’t have it.

    1. JamieinMN says:

      ENOUGH with the politics. Ya’ll are making yourselves look like idiots.

      1. Eric says:

        i love that u call everyone idiots when i can honestly say that pretty much say everyone who has read your comments knows you are a total idiot.

    2. LadyJane says:

      I do not follow your reasoning. Our current state legislature is conservative. They are trying to dictate what religious beliefs that all residents of the state will be forced to follow by trying to amend the state constitution.

      Liberals allow a person to have their own beliefs and standards but don’t want then forced on them. nor do they force their beliefs and standards on others.

      Sugar does not cause diabetes. The easy explanation is that the body is no longer producing and/or able to use insulin. Carbs cause the rise in blood sugar, a category sugar is included in.

    3. Chris says:

      Thanks.. we loved that one!

      Make it a great (choc milk) day!!!

    4. Good Ol Boy says:

      And if a conservative believes his bible says gays are evil, then no gays get equal rights, because then the evil gays will marry animals and your own marriage will fail somehow.

  14. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Not everyone likes the taste of plain milk. My brother used to drink chocolate milk for that reason and my parents always provided it for him. Milk has its calcium and vitamin D no matter what flavorings you put in them. We used to buy Nestle’s quik, Hershey’s Instant, and there was actually a thing called Chocolate Straws that flavored the milk–that dates me–grew up in the fifties and sixties. And what about Ovaltine. Rather have my kids drink chocolate milk than pop anyday. Get a life school district and make sure your first graders learn how to read!!!!!!!!

    1. Good Ol Boy says:

      If you believe your kid won’t drink plain milk and will only drink chocolate milk, then you are the one with the problem and need some help with your parenting skills which are sorely lacking.

  15. Doug says:

    When it comes to the Minneapolis school system, this should NOT even be a concern, don’t they have more important issues to worry about?

    JamieinMN… about you raise/feed your children, if you have any, in a way that you think is best and let others raise/feed their children the way they see best. People like you and the government need to Quit pushing your beliefs down everyone elses throat. GO AWAY

    1. JamieinMN says:

      YOU can go ahead and give your child 25 less years of life….I sure won’t.

      1. Chuck says:

        What color is the sky in your world???

        And where do you come up with such outrageous statements?

        Please spare us and go ahead and give your kids such sound advice…

        Because we do not buy any of your BS!

  16. JB says:

    GET REAL!!! I wonder how much of our tax dollars went to pay some group of administrative officials sitting in an office (not a school) to make that decision? Really, worry about feeding the brains of our children. Not, the pocketbooks of those who don’t even teach. Repression!!!

  17. Sheesh says:

    Maybe people just need to start taking more responsibility. It’s all about making smart ideas. You know McDonald’s, high sugar content, processed foods isn’t good for you… yet people eat them and wonder why they’re fat and/or diabetic. Make your own food choices, but I’m not paying for your medical expenses.

    And maybe kids wouldn’t be having the health problems they’re having, if a lot more parents started taking responsibility for what their kids eat and drink. No one is going to raise your children for you.

    1. 'cco needs a like button says:

      Good point.

    2. dmedic69 says:

      that is only a small portion turn off the TV Computer and Video games and go outside that is what will prevent health problems. You obviously don’t have kids

  18. Laura says:

    Well, you don’t really need MILK at all, as any vegan would tell you, you can get plenty of calcium and vitamin D from other sources. That children need cows milk to thrive is a lie.
    And if your kid won’t drink milk that’s not full of flavoring and sugar, then water should be available. If the balance of power is so twisted in your parenting style that junior’s every dietary demand is met lest he have a tantrum, then the availability of chocolate milk or any food item provided at schools is not going to make one bit of difference.

  19. calcium strong says:

    I drank chocolate milk EVERY day in school. I drink a TON of Mt Dew in HS.
    I am 31 now, and have never been more sexier than ever!
    I have a massive package too that I love to look at every morning when I get out of the shower btw…

    1. Heather says:

      yeah right…………little sizzler

  20. Paula says:

    What next all those processed chicken sandwiches, nuggets?

  21. James says:

    what about strawberry milk? this ought to be taken to “the people” to decide. chocolate milk is so gay (sic) and it ought to be banned in the constitution. after all, a full integration of chocolate and white milk being together on the shelves is just plain wrong. no special rights for chocolate milk!

    1. Krusty says:

      Amen and thanks to baby Jesus!

  22. DC says:

    mmm chololate milk!!

  23. Dave says:

    One cup (1/2 pint) of chocolate milk, five times a week for 36 weeks a year is not going to significantly affect the health of a growing child.
    There is more sugar (in the form of fructose) in 100% apple juice than there is in chocolate milk.

    My children get chocolate milk in school once a day. They drink only “white” milk at home and when we go out to eat. They don’t get chocolate milk during summer vacation. We also limit their intake of “junk foods,” and get as much excercise as we can.
    We are not tree-hugging liberal vegetarians and we are not gun-toting ultra conservatives. We are loving parents who take an active role in raising our children. We also realize that there is room for occasional treats and frolics and still be able to achieve good health.

  24. mnsotamama says:

    It’s about time! Offerring chocolate milk is like offerring MT Dew and a vitamin supplement.

    1. Chuck says:

      Give it up already… the exaggerations are killing me….

      BTW, has Mpls slowed the killings on the streets yet?

      No, that would actually take something, they would rather focus on bogus issues like this…

  25. Jude says:

    If you could see the food our kids throw away from their school lunches you would be horrified! I’ve worked in a school kitchen so I know. Full cartons of milk that have never been opened, main entres that were never touched and fruit without one bite, and why? They are required to take those items in order to get that malt or FF that they really wanted.

  26. Krusty says:

    As Helen Lovejoy once said: “Won’t somebody Puh-leeze think of the children!”

  27. Krusty says:

    Why not give the little buggers a choice? They could have either chocolate milk, beer or a shot o’ Jameson. What kid wouldn’t want to knock back a few cold one’s at lunch time, just like daddy!

  28. mom says:

    seriously Minneapolis schools have nothing better to worry about than the type of Milk kids are drinking? Why not just offer skim milk then because it has the least calories or how about we just make kids drink water with their meal, that is better than milk if you are just looking at calories. This is crazy that it is even an issue. my son only drinks chocolate milk, has since he was 1, our dr said he doesn’t care if it is white or chocolate as long as he is drinking it. My son is 14 yrs old and is far from being overweight. This is crazy and if I lived in this school district I would be going to a school board meeting and asking why this is even an issue

    1. Good Ol Boy says:

      “my son only drinks chocolate milk”

      Because you have allowed it be so, and for no other reason.

      Grow a spine.

    2. Good Ol Boy says:

      “my son only drinks chocolate milk, has since he was 1”

      Just curious how you discovered that at age 1…

      Let me guess, you gave him chocolate milk and he liked it.

      What a brilliant discovery on your part! :p

  29. mom says:

    if the worst thing my son does while he is growing up is drink chocalate milk, I will consider my husband and myself great parents. It is called picking and choosing your battles, and when a child throws up from drinking white milk I am not going to force him to drink it. You don’t know me at all so you have no idea what my parenting skills are, you may be happy to know that my son is a very well mannered and polite teenager. He is very considered of others and I can’t tell you how many people comment on what a great kid he is. He gets a’s and b’s in school and his teachers love him. He has never caused my husband or me any trouble. I don’t need to grow a spine just because my son won’t drink white milk. He drinks water, chocalate milk, and gaterade and that is fine with us. I would defend my parenting skills against yours any day, my children are well rounded, happy go lucky kids and I am proud of each and every one of them.

    1. 'cco needs a like button says:

      Well said! Good ol boy is mean and disrespectful.

    2. Good Ol Boy says:

      “I would defend my parenting skills against yours any day”


      Your style of parenting seems as though it could best be called “Wag the Dog.”

    3. Good Ol Boy says:

      You pick and choose your battles with your ex-spouse or your coworker who is a doofus.

      With your kids you win the battles. That’s the whole point of being in charge.

      My stepsons (I have 3) tried to tell me they didn’t like white milk as much as chocolate milk so they HAD to have chocolate milk, because that’s what THEIR dad lets them have. I said tough sht. This isn’t your dad’s house and I’m not wasting money on chocolate sauce for your milk.

      1. this is background noise says:

        ROAR! I am man! I invented the wheel! Fire! AND the Internet!

        Give it up, the fact you have an ex-wife and say profanities in front of your children pretty much tells us all that you’re the doofus co-worker.

        1. Good Ol Boy says:

          Uhhh what?

          Half the population has an ex-wife. I never said I had one though.

          Yep, I use profanities occasionally in front of my almost-15 year old stepson. He’ll be in the High School next year. I hear how he and his friends talk. I don’t say anything he doesn’t say himself. There are worse things in the world than knowing profanity, buddy.

          And once again, your insults still have no effect on me, and I am impervious to your attempted online bullying, even though you’ve switched the name you’re using.

          1. mom says:

            see there is your problem you worry too much about what kind of milk he is drinking and not about his dirty mouth. I do not swear in front of my children and just becaue they hear it else where doesn’t make it ok that you would. Maybe you should try to tell him and his friends that that kind of language is not acceptable and maybe they could think of other words to use. I am not naivee to think that my son doesn’t use swear words but he know that I don’t accept that kind of language around me and his friends and himself have enough respectfor me to not say swear words in front of me. My son is 14 and will be in high school next year and I have never heard him say a swear word in around me.

          2. this is background noise says:

            What about all the insults you’ve hurled at people, buddy. Telling women that their parenting skills are bad or not up to your standards isn’t exactly kind or encouraging or even manly. Why would we (as there are clearly other people who find you absurd here) take in all your crow and not give any back? That would be hoarding.

            1. Good Ol Boy says:

              I didn’t hurl any insult.

              Sorry if you misunderstood my comment, “buddy.”

              I didn’t “tell women their parenting skills are bad” either, “buddy.”

              “Maybe you should try to tell him and his friends that that kind of language is not acceptable”

              If I thought it was, I would. I have more important lessons to teach in life, and how my stepson talks is up to his mom and his dad. I’ve never actually heard my own son swear and he is almost 13.

              I do know that when I was 5 years old I knew and used every word in the book but to this day have never heard my dad swear and he’s 64.

              I’m happy your son is doing well. Does he play any sports? I’ve heard some pretty advanced language flying off a hockey rink with two teams of 14 year olds battling it out. I have to be honest, I couldn’t care less about it.

              1. Citizen says:

                @Good Ol Boy. You shouldn’t apologize for your comments to the posters here. You have a right to your opinion, and I think a lot of these posters are looking for someone to bully. I can’t tell you how many names I’ve been called by some of these people, yet I get accused of the name calling. My kids learned to swear right after they started riding the bus to school in kindergarten. Once a parent sends a kid into the school culture, that parent has an uphill battle to maintain discipline and respect at home. By the way, for all the finger pointers out there, my kids are incredibly successful and respected and were never problems in school, but it sure wasn’t easy to combat the ever-disintegrating school culture–if you can call it that.

              2. mom says:

                nope my son doesn’t play hockey, just basketball and baseball and I didn’t say I don’t think my son doesn’t swear, I said he doesn’t say it around me. Maybe you should also leave what he wants to drink up to his mom and dad. I am feel very sorry for you that you think it is ok to use swear words in your everyday vocabalary and the fact that you are proud that at the age of 5 you knew a long list of swear words is very sad. It is very obvious our parenting skills are very different you pick to rule with an iron fist, where I believe there are just some things not worth getting too upset over. Life is too short to fight or argue over silly things. What is important to me is that my children grow up to be healthy, well rounded, productive members of society and I choose to worry about how I can help shape them to be decent human beings over what milk they are drinking and so far I think my husband and I are doing just fine

                1. Good Ol Boy says:

                  I buy the groceries, I decide what’s eaten in my home. There’s no iron fist about it. But what I say is law, as it should be. And I think swearing is one of those things that is just not worth getting too upset over. Now, if the kids direct swear words at each other or their mom or me, now we have a problem.

                  You feel sorry for me that I think it’s ok to use swear words? Why? It doesn’t change anything about life or what I do or how I live.

                  You are saying you think I am proud that I could cuss like a cowboy when I was 5? I never said that. You did.

                  It’s just my opinion that pandering to the petty wants of a young teen is not “choosing your battle” at all.

              3. this is background noise says:

                “Buddy,” these are things that you have said so far, most people would count them as insults:

                Your style of parenting seems as though it could best be called “Wag the Dog.”
                Grow a spine.
                then you are the one with the problem and need some help with your parenting skills which are sorely lacking.
                Sorry. Your comment is disregarded.

                I know it doesn’t matter what anyone tells you, you’re the type of guy who’s always right, always loudest, and yet somehow always the most unhappy. That’s all I got for ya.

                1. Good Ol Boy says:

                  I’m glad that’s all you got for me. And there isn’t any unhappiness in my life, for the most part. I’m very, very fortunate in that regard.

                  And again, I wasn’t intending on my comments being taken as insults.

  30. mnsotamama says:

    We have hosted several foreign exchange students in our home and they are horrified by what we serve our children in the schools here. Now they know some of the contributing factors to the obesity epidemic of children.
    At one time, we used to spend more on our food than we did on healthcare and now we are doing the reverse and spending less on our food (if you can call it that) and more on our healthcare. Gee I wonder why?

    1. Pennagirl says:

      Your so wrong the obesity problem is worse overseas. Germany allows their kids to drink at 14 LEGALLY. Do you see many veggies and healthy meat choice in Germany. Clarify and be specific on where your FES are coming from. Because our FES kids asked for the United States treats, candy and junk food once they got here.

      1. mnsotamama says:

        Most of our students have come from Paris or the Venice area and from what they see and hear about us, Americans are mostly lazy and overweight. I can’t disagree with that as it is the truth. Everything is supersized including our waistlines. It is a fast-paced society and unfortuantely our kids get to pay for our bad habits .Our kids are made to scarf down their unhealthy food at school and then get to come home for fast food or food from a box. The kids we have hosted have been shocked at the sheer number of fast food restaurants on every corner. I certainly like to indulge once in awhile but the key word here is in moderation.

      2. Corey says:

        The obesity problem is not at all worse overseas. Have you ever left the country?

        Its getting worse in other countries, as it is here, but we are still tops.

  31. Bob says:

    Do not blame McDonalds for fat kids, the number one producer of fat kids is parents followed by the public schools. I cannot imagine why this chocolate milk decision is even on the news. Chocolate and other flavored (sugared) milk should have been gotten rid of years ago. Sugar, salt and fat need to be reduced and if the kids do not eat it, then fine.
    School lunch programs are hampered by Dept of Agriculture rules. A mess this big could only have been caused by government. Guidelines maddate how much goes into a lunch. The result is tremendous waste. Go into any cafeteria at lunchtime and you will see the fantastic amout of food that goes into the trash. It is a crying shame. All the hungry people in America and the world and the food the kids throw in the trash. Some schools are recycling their garbage and giving it to pig farmers so at least it does not go to the landfill.
    Let the kids pick what they want to eat from good choices and if they do not like anything they can wait till they get home. It will not kill anyone. That seems like such a common sense idea but evidently common sense is in short supply.

    1. IntheMidwest says:

      @Bob. I was a substitute teacher for many years while I raised my children and I know firsthand what you are talking about. When I was assigned “lunch duty” I got to watch all the food that was thrown away. But, it wasn’t just good food. It was all the different kinds of food. Kids don’t get much more than 5 minutes to eat, and the few times I tried to eat school food I couldn’t stand it! I’m glad to hear that the pigs are getting it. I have to say that one school district I worked for still cooked meals the old-fashioned way, and made cinnamon rolls from scratch that were to die for. The kids bragged about the school’s good food. Chocolate milk (or any milk) seems to be the least of the problem for students. I saw the problem to be more the snack machines and pop machines that were turned on before & after school and during lunch. Many kids just ate a lunch of Doritos and Mountain Dew! Of course, the companies that owned the vending machines and provided the pop donated to the school’s coffers, so they bought their way into the school.

  32. JKB says:

    WHEN I went to school, there was no way in hell Id drink white milk, and
    still dont to this day, but love chocolate milk. It shouldnt make a difference as to what color the milk is, as long as it provides the same vitamins. Of course, in those days we didnt sit in the house playing games, or watching tv to pack on the weight. Our parents didnt have to tell us to go outside and play, we wanted to. If we complained about being bored, you could bet theyd find work for us to do. If kids , and adults, are active and burning off calories, there shouldnt be a need for anyone to make decisions for us, as to what is good for you, and what isnt, what we should, or shouldnt eat! Not one of my adult children is overweight, nor, are the grandkids. Good habits start at home which we should all be teaching our kids.

  33. Does it have to be all or nothing? says:

    Couldn’t there be a happy medium? I remember the chocolate milk we used to get in schools: A. It was 2% B. It had A LOT of chocolate flavoring and was thick almost like a melted shake. I don’t know if it’s still like that but I’d guess it could stand a little less flavoring.

    1. Good Ol Boy says:

      No doubt. I couldn’t even drink the stuff. It tasted too chocolatey and chalky and fake. I can count on zero fingers how many tiny cartons of chocolate milk I consumed in K-12.

    2. JKB says:

      There was a time when chocolate milk was made using whole milk, then changed to 2% milk, and I believe, now its made using low fat milk.

  34. truth says:

    Perfect now get rid of the chocolate kids and these schools will thrive again.

  35. cassie says:

    after just getting out of high school, i can honestly say with all the “healthy” changes they are making to the lunch menu, there were days i didnt even want to eat because the food tasted so bad and there was never anything i liked. i cant believe they would take chocolate milk off the menu. i feel bad for the kids today still in school who cant eat what they want, let alone things that taste good. i agree with a long phy ed class.

  36. Krusty says:

    How about giving all the little buggers a doobie? That would mellow ’em out!

    1. Slim says:

      Now that is a comment that I can wrap up my week and this blog with…


  37. mnsotamama says:

    I’m sure it will be hard for alot of kids to switch to the white milk when their unhealthy eating patterns have begun at an early age at home and are not encouraged. I run a home daycare and do not offer chocolate milk, juice, ketchup or other such sugar laden foods If its not an option they don’t know any better.. Yes we do have treats on occasion but the optimal word there is on occasion. And yes it does take extra time to prepare whole foods and meals but my kids are worth the extra time and money. Are yours?

    1. tama says:

      Your a model human being

  38. Pennagirl says:

    I feel bad for the low income kids that don’t get a decent meal other than school and need those 28 calories to help them out. What is offered for lactose intolerant kids? Mine has to purchase a juice or a bottle of water. Our schools 85% of the meals are microwaved..prepared foods.

  39. JT says:

    Considering that I carried my children for 9 months and gave birth to them…shouldn’t the milk they drink me MY choice? My kids love milk and drink it white, chocolate, or strawberry. As long as they are drinking milk it is good for them. And since I taught them (because it’s part of my job as a mom) from toddlers to eat ANYTHING in moderation and get some physical play everyday, my children are NOT obese.

    I personally don’t care for milk and even my doctor told me that if chocolate milk is palatable then I should drink it. I just don’t like having someone else tell me how to raise my kids.

  40. K says:

    THe lack of chocolate milk in Mpls schools is a reason to consider sending my kids there. I control the chocolate milk intake – not the school anymore!

  41. Sgt says:

    When I was in school we had peanut butter sandwiches with the maincourse everyday & white milk. And kids back then didnt have problems with eating Peanutbutter. that was 1970s

  42. Sgt says:

    when I was in school in the 1970s we had white milk & we got got servered, gasp, peanutbutter sandwiches with lunch. of course we didnt Pizza or shrimp poppers or deepfryed cheesesticks.

  43. Peter Leighton says:

    Simple answer to the “Chocolate Milk Dilemma”…MOJOMILK (, the first healthy chocolate milk mix with 60% fewer calories than the leading brand and 10x more active probiotics than yogurt. Now kids can have delicious AND healthy chocolate milk!

  44. Willow says:

    So what about the kids who can’t drink regular milk? Do they at least get water or juice? When I was a kid, I used to get yelled at because regular milk tasted disgusting to me and I refused to drink it. It still does.

    I suppose lactose intolerance isn’t something these officials thought about?

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