This is great! We need more of this out there. Thank you- The school should
really take the soda machines etc out of the schools - they will lose money but
we'd have healthier kids.
Um, here's an idea if the schools REALLY want to tackle this issue: Don't serve
unhealthy food at school. That means no vending machines, and no more "pizza and
a popsicle" lunches (my kids get this kind of lunch--no joke--about once a
week). Also, no more chocolate/strawberry milk, and no pizza/hamburger/etc.
lines at the high schools. I mean, they are KIDS. If the junk food is available,
they WILL eat it. So feed them healthy food. And if they end up not eating at
all? Let them go hungry, and they'll decide eventually not to be so picky. I'm
disgusted by what's on my kids' school menus.
umm... here's another idea stop reducing recess time in schools. Stop trying to
make our kids statistics in the no child left behind testing and let them
outside to play and learn to interact with each other, not just be able to pass
Um, dont cut PhysEd. Legislature refuses to use rainy day funds even when it is
raining and school districts, especially in St. George are cutting all
"non-core" education. Is it raining enought to use the rainy day fund you
geniouses on the Hill?
Why not ban fast food restaurants within a mile of schools, like a drug free
zone. We have fourteen of them across the street from my school. Just try
keeping high school students on campus with McDonalds, Burger King, Carl's
Junior, Arby's, 7-11, Wendy's, etc. across the street. We do not sell
carbonated beverages in our machines, but students super size their big gulps
for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are killing ourselves for a buck. Sad that
profit drives us to this.
I say remove the snacks out of the class room. I had to call the principal at
my sixth grader's school, since his teacher would not listen to us when we said
he does not need a "math snack" right before lunch.
why not just get kids out of their mommies' minivans and cars and actually try
walking to school? you get exercise and lower co2 emissions, both problems with
diabetes, asthma, and obesity.
Doesn't anyone else out there bristle that the public schools (an entity now of
the federal government) now must intrude where it has no business -- in the
personal rights and choices of students and their parents? First, indoctrinate
their minds with political correctness; now tell them what they must eat, and
how they must look. As if kids today don't have enough peer pressure and angst
over their appearances; to hve the "school" pass judgment on kids is both waste
of my tax dollars, and not their role. Teach Johnny and Mary how to read and
write. Quit being the food police. Enough of the "nanny state!" Some kids are
naturally and genetically disposed to different body types. Saying they should
all fit one mold is ABSURD.
I completely disagree with "Not the School's Business!". There's nothing
compulsory about this program, it's all educational.It is ABSOLUTELY
the school's place to teach kids about health and healthy living, and that
includes eating and exercise. No one's telling anyone what they MUST eat or
what body type they should have... this is still a free country and kids can eat
whatever they want, regardless of what they learn in school about how bad it is
for them.The schools MUST teach kids about the consequences of
choosing to eat certain foods over others, and the consequences of a lack of
activity. This is a HUGE problem and education and repetition are key. No one is being forced to do anything... they're just being EDUCATED,
just like they should be in school.
IS, you got it right on the point kids out their like me have to get
educated about this epidemicof Obesity
Just a note regarding school lunch. The programs surely have room for
improvement. However, there is something you all need to know. The 'fast food'
type items have to meet strict federal regulations regarding fat content etc.
They are manufactured especially for school nutrition programs. So the pizza,
nuggets, burgers etc. that are served in the schools are not the same items you
would get at say McDonalds or Pizza Hut.
KeepItSimple is misinformed in their point about nutrition standards.Nutrition standards in schools are bought and paid for by the lobbying arm of
the corporations to make sure they don't have to do anything special but peddle
the children crap. And they have a special lobbying group that does nothing but
make sure congress doesn't improve nutrition standards in school.You
really should see Killer at Large, it delves deeply into that point.
My child's kindergarten snack has been chocolate milk and a rice crispie treat
most weeks. School districts should do better than that and provide more than
the occasional apple slice or banana half. We pay a snack fee, but it is
frustrating to see what that fee is spent on - lots of sugar.
It's ironic that the high school cafeterias have to meet a certain standard of
nutrition, but most of the kids get in their cars and head to the nearest
drive-through for fast food, or rely on a couple of candy bars and soda from teh
vending machines. So many of the cafeterias rely on pre-fab food that is low in
fat but not appetizing enough to lure the kids to eat it. Bring back the good
old days when you walked in the school to the aroma of baking bread, so you
actually looked forward to breadsticks and chili at the cafeteria? I don't think
there's anything wrong with low-fat chocolate milk, if it gets them to drink
milk instead of soda pop.
I send my kids with a sack lunch everyday. I don't think that most of the
cafeteria workers actually know how to cook...they just reheat prefab meals.
I'm sorry but iceberg lettuce and one slice of a pink tomato is not a serving of
a vegetable. Let's let private companies serve in the school. Government does
a terrible job and a private company could do it better and for less money.
I don't think that this is a good idea, forcing kids into something they never
chose? For example. I am being taken out of band for the complete yeare of my
first year of high school, just for some PE thing? Keep in mind that band keeps
hope alive!! Band is something, as a visually impaired person, that I enjoy and
love, and would die, just to be in it! Why is the government getting into
something that isn't their business? IF Someone could please help me out here!
I understand that it is a state requirement, but for what, exactly?