Virginia PTA
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Richmond VA 23227-2419
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Artificial Food Additives

Year Adopted: 2004

WHEREAS, Virginia PTA is committed to promoting good health for all children and youth; and

WHEREAS, the number of students in Virginia's schools with identified learning disabilities or disorders has increased 6.6% since the 1997-1998 school year, exceeding the student population increases and resulting in growing expenses related to serving this student population; and

WHEREAS, the number of children diagnosed with asthma, allergies or other chronic respiratory ailments has increased 4.3% per year, costing an estimated $3.2 billion annually in health-care costs and 14 million lost days from school annually; and

WHEREAS, increasing evidence has linked ADD/ADHD, hyperactivity, autistic disorders and upper-respiratory symptoms to the consumption of artificial food additives, including dyes, preservatives, and flavorings; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that Virginia PTA urge its units, councils and districts to encourage school districts and individual schools to read the available research on artificial food additives' negative effects on children's health, behavior and learning; and be it further

RESOLVED, that Virginia PTA and its units, councils, and districts support actions by state and local governments and local educational agencies that will discourage the sale and consumption of foods and beverages containing artificial food additives on school campuses before during, and after school hours; and be it further

RESOLVED, that Virginia PTA and its units, councils and districts support nutrition and health education for parents, students, teachers and community members that addresses the potential effects of artificial food additives on children, including behavioral, educational and physical impacts; and be it further

RESOLVED, that Virginia PTA urge the state Board of Education to review available research on the effects of artificial food additives on Virginia's public school students and attempt to assess the financial impact on Virginia public schools; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Virginia PTA encourage other state PTAs to adopt similar resolutions.