School lunch bureaucrats now realize not everyone is the same

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  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:15 p.m.

    let them pick their own lunches like big boys and girls?

    The problem is that the "big boys and girls" pick the things that make them such very big boys and girls. Let 'em choose but give healthy choices: you may still be fighting a losing battle because big boys and girls aren't any smarter than the younger big boys and girls or the rapidly growing (outwards) boys and girls. If you would rather die than eat healthy you have that right.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    Government often has people in jobs that are truly concerned for the welfare of people. Private enterprise seldom puts the welfare of people above the quest for profits.

    If the management of the Hostess company had charge of school lunches, the kids would be served a vegetable flavored Twinkie with marshmallow salad dressing, followed by Taco flavored Twinkie and end with a Twinkie and milk. Of course the Twinkies would be packed with all the necessary vitamins, minerals and chemicals needed for strong sturdy overweight bodies.

    School lunches should fit the needs of the children in their job of learning.

  • catcrazed Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    While no system is perfect at least someone is trying to provide healthier meals to our kids. In my school kids are allowed seconds on all kinds of fruits and vegetables.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    Memo to Michelle Obama and others of the new "food police": Its seriously not better to give those kids education in nutrition (and I'm talking education beyond the standard "food pyramid"), and let them pick their own lunches like big boys and girls?

    Furthermore, I think the obesity issue in this country goes beyond food. What do these kids do when they get home from school? In my neighborhood, there's no one out playing ball or riding bikes, that's for sure.

  • catcrazed Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    What I really like is the day they serve a cookie to the children who choose one entree, but no cookie on the tray with the other option....

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 16, 2012 7:51 p.m.

    My daughter has been eating pizza and fried chicken at school. When she wants to eat healthier I have to pack her a salad. Somehow I feel that reality has once again been avoided in a right wing conclusion.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    To "Henderson" I would rather have private companies running healthcare.

    Having the Unions, or government regulators, or criminals run the healthcare system would be horrible. That is why government should be kept out. Government does not have to answer to the people. Look at ENRON, the crooks there have been prosecuted and put into jail. Meanwhile Barny Frank is still a free man after lying to congress and stating that all was fine with Freddie and Fannie Mae. Look at what the Unions did to Hostess, the company was on the verge of collapse, and the unions went for greed over keeping things alive.

    If you look at the new healthcare laws, and the direction that the government is taking us, they have set up a system where those of working age are prioritized and will get the care, while all others suffer.

    Tell us, why would you want something other than private companies running healthcare?

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 2:14 p.m.

    First of all an athlete could burn that many calories in close to one hour let alone three or four.

    Secondly people are different ages and different sizes; my brother was as tall as a small man by the time he was nine.

    Thirdly I have seen the same stupidity in private homes where the children (various ages) were served the same size meal as the parents. The children were pressured into eating everything on their plate when they were obviously surfeited, while Dad, who had a physical job, had nothing left to eat and was obviously inadequately fed.

    What cure is there for a basic lack of logic and common sense?

    Then again salads might be healthy but lettuce and a few carrots has insufficient variety and little appeal. There are other vegetables: potatoes are vegetables (and very popular) and can be served in a number of appetizing ways. What about tomatoes? peas? beans? avocado? Where is the imagination of these people?

  • Henderson Orem, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    "And, they want to run your healthcare."


    Would you prefer wall street and the jokes who drove Hostess, ENRON, and the banks into the ground running your health care? Deciding that investing in you isn't worth the bottom line?

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Uh, one chief tenet of the school lunch program is that kids can go back for second helpings. Second, third, fourth. Apples, carrots, celery--available in great abundance. Nobody's starving kids.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    Well, they can't seperate the athletes, the freshman girls, & those who need caloric restriction because that would be segregation.

    It seems the only *logical* choice is a buffet?

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    Now if only they'd realize that with the curriculum in public education.

    No Child Kept Behind.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    Sounds like someone's been listening to _way_ too much AM radio. The giveaway here was the author's use of 'socialists."

    Is childhood obesity a problem, or not?

    Are athletes prevented from bringing their own lunches or lunchtime dietary supplements to school?

    Is anyone forcing the 90-pound girl to eat more than she needs?

    The letter is just more ranting from the people whose grip on reality is becoming increasingly tenuous.

  • KDave Moab, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 7:16 a.m.

    And, they want to run your healthcare.