Well, this is certainly a new angle on the much-scrutinized economic stimulus package working its way through Congress right now. Could the stimulus package indirectly contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic by dissuading some schools from spending money on capital improvements on their gymnasiums? Hmm. What do you think? Post your thoughts in the comments!
Could stimulus make your kids fat?
By ERIKA LOVLEY
Feb. 3, 2009
There’s been plenty criticism of the hefty economic stimulus package. But here’s a new one: Could it make your kids fat?
The American Heart Association warns that confusing language in both the $819 billion-plus House and Senate stimulus bills could dissuade some schools from spending money on gymnasiums and stadiums and other shovel-ready projects that combat childhood obesity.
The Senate and House measures provide between $14 billion and $16 billion for school construction and upgrades. But the bills also state that school funds cannot be used for facilities that primarily turn a profit for the schools. For instance, a gymnasium that uses the space mostly for basketball games where admission is charged would be ineligible for stimulus funding.