Some parents in Nova Scotia are complaining, but the Department of Education and Health is banning “foods with minimum nutrition” from school fundraisers. This includes cakes, which are often the top prize in popular “cake walks.”

The government isn’t banning the walks, or any other form of fundraising. But they are saying that prizes must include cakes of at least moderate nutritional value. These “cake walks” are a widely used form of fundraising in Canada.

This ban follows other attempts by city and state governments in various locations to ban or restrict less healthy foods. And that’s a good idea. Many of the eating habits we have as adults are actually formed when we are kids. Encouraging kids to provide nutritious rewards for fundraising activities is a good way to help create healthy eating habits.

Just because healthier rewards are required, that doesn’t mean they have to be boring, either. There are many cakes and other “treats” that are at least moderately healthy. Eating Well Magazine has a number of “healthy cake recipes.” These are made with low fat ingredients and sweetened with fresh fruit.

We encourage you to try one of these healthier dessert recipes with your family!

Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?

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You may also want to read: Eat Right: Guilt Free Dessert? You Bet!, Family Meals: Take a Tip from Your Favorite Chef, Dessert Should Be a Treat, Not a Reward

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