In a recent speech at Plumstead Christian School in Plumstead Township, PA Sarah Palin criticized the Pennsylvania’s board of education’s work to fight childhood obesity. She bashed the board’s plans to limit the number of sugary foods given to children in school at snack time, calling the proposed guidelines “a nanny state run amok.” Some are calling the incident Palin’s “cookiegate.”
“I look at Pennsylvania and I think of sweets – I think of Hershey. Then I think, how dare they ban sweets from school here,” said Palin. “I wanted these kids to bring home the idea to their parents for discussion,” she continued. “Who should be making the decisions what you eat, school choice and everything else? Should it be government or should it be the parents? It should be the parents.”
The Pennsylvania State Department of Education says Palin misrepresented their plans to encourage healthier eating. They say that they do not intend to ban cookies or other sweets, and that the guidelines are suggestions and not laws.
Clip and image via 6abc.com.
November 11th, 2010