Healthy-eating rules are no problem, Pocono schools say

Districts stay ahead of new Obama regulations.

STROUDSBURG, Pa.—Pocono schools say they cut out junk food a long time ago, so new federal rules allowing schools to advertise only healthy foods should be no problem.

Under the rules announced earlier this month by the Obama administration, promotion of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day will be phased out, intended to ensure that such marketing is brought in line with health standards that already apply to school foods.

That means a scoreboard at a high school football or basketball game eventually wouldn't be allowed to advertise Coca-Cola, for example, but it could advertise Diet Coke or Dasani water, which is also owned by Coca-Cola Co.

Same with the front of a vending machine. Cups, posters and menu boards that promote foods that don't meet the standards would also be phased out.