Should schools pay kids to eat their fruits and vegetables?

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Dec. 31, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    Rather than wasting money making incentives for good behavior. How about we teach the children how the world works. Lets punish bad behavior. Since the problem is kids not eating vegetables or fruits, how about we punish them with no lunch recess until they eat their vegetables.

    If you are thinking that it is a mean and heartless thing to do, think of it this way. When was the last time the government gave you a reward for paying your taxes on time?

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Dec. 31, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    I don't care if the food is fresh, frozen, or canned. The rule is 2 servings of fruit daily and 3 servings of vegetables a serving is the size of a deck of cards. This diet and no smoking and a 30 minutes daily walk + 14 more years of life.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 31, 2013 4:37 a.m.

    I agree it is the parents job to feed children, not the schools.

    Being a vegetable and fruit lover myself I can understand why the children won't eat chemically processed foods from mexico and beyond, they all taste like chemicals and waste food.

    Maybe they should change suppliers who can provide unprocessed fruits and vegetables to the schools for cafeteria workers to peel, wash, and clean before providing them to children. I don't know of anyone who can stand to eat raw broccoli or cauliflower and the many other tainted food displayed on this childs plate.

    If the schools would parboil vegetable in salted water they are more edible and even with some loss of nutrients in boiling water some vegetables being eaten is better than not eating any vegetables at all. Also the water vegetables are cooked in make for some good flavoring and nutrients for other foods.

    Its the presentation that is the why children won't eat their vegetables and they are not yet marketable consumers who value rewards over yucky food. I won't buy or eat packed vegetables either, they are tainted for storage and nutrition is already lost before it is served.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 7:58 p.m.

    How about an incentive like "If you don't eat it you go hungry."

    It is not the job of schools to feed kids or force them to make "Michelle approved" food choices. That is the parents' right, and responsibility. Let the parents worry about incentives or punishment, although the schools should teach some nutritional information. However, beware that it does not turn out to be some militant vegetarian propaganda.

    The silliness of allowing school kids to wander down to the convenience store (or who knows where else!) during lunch to consume whatever they can get their hands on is absurd.

    Schools always complain about not having enough money, so don't even think about any incentives that involve increased costs of any sort.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 7:46 p.m.

    I remember at our elementary school a male teacher was assigned to view your food tray on your route to turn it in to the dishwashing area. If you didn't eat what was on your plate, he'd make you go back and finish your meal. One time I was lured into choosing some soft brown round things that looked tasty but they were awful so I didn't eat more than one bite. I had two of them on my plate and his response as to why I didn't eat them was "Well, why did you take them if you weren't going to eat them?" I had to eat at least one of them. Yuck. I was more careful after that.

    Can you imagine what today's litigious parents would do with that sort of incident?

    As for paying children to eat....are you serious?

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Dec. 30, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    That was clever of the graduates.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    Who's fault is that. The PARENTS for not getting their kids to eat right. But, I could be wrong. $5.4 M goes to waist. Yeah, I know $3.8 M went to waist.