Hold the brownies! Bill could limit bake sales

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Registered: 11-11-2010
Hold the brownies! Bill could limit bake sales
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Fri, 12-03-2010 - 9:03pm

It's a shame that the government can't stay out of our eating decisions.

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Registered: 08-01-2008
Fri, 12-03-2010 - 9:31pm

I agree w/you, kids are not as active as they used to be. First step backwards was when many schools dropped physical education classes. It went down hill from there.

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Registered: 11-04-2010
Fri, 12-03-2010 - 9:36pm

"The language is broad enough that a president's administration could even ban bake sales, but Secretary Tom Vilsack signaled in a letter to House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., this week that he does not intend to do that. The USDA has a year to write rules that decide how frequent is infrequent."

Much ado about nothing.

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Registered: 08-30-2002
Fri, 12-03-2010 - 10:46pm

The article said "It wouldn't apply to after-hours events or concession stands at sports events."

This is the only time my dd's school or my nephews schools (elementary, Jr. High, HS) has bake sales, in my region. So, yes, much ado about nothing.

"These fundraisers are happening all the time," Wootan said. "It's a pizza sale one day, doughnuts the next... It's endless. This is really about supporting parental choice. Most parents don't want their kids to use their lunch money to buy junk food. They expect they'll use their lunch money to buy a balanced school meal."

Where is it that "These fundraisers are happening all the time?" I'm just curious. Our fundraisers are jog a thons, bike a thons, book sales, used ski/sporting goods sales, plant sales, craft sales, flea markets,



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Registered: 11-11-2010
Fri, 12-03-2010 - 10:52pm
Just more government dictating what we can and cannot do. That's all.

I'm sure we will no longer be able to celebrate children's birthdays at school with cookies or cupcakes. We will have to celebrate with carrot sticks.

Again, when is the government going to realize that it isn't what kids are served at school that is making them fat?

Perhaps the government should mandate that the parents of fat children be taught proper nutrition and the importance of moderation and exercise. Instead....they "punish" all children because of a few fat children.

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Registered: 11-04-2010
Fri, 12-03-2010 - 11:09pm
We've never had bake sales at any of the school where I've taught. At my daughter's school, so far there has been a fall fair type thing in the evening that sold pizza, hot dogs, and soda. That's about it.

I had to chuckle at your mentioning high school. We had a smoking area, too, and I had a huge peanut butter cookie and a coke that I bought from the school cafeteria every day for lunch.
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Registered: 11-04-2010
Fri, 12-03-2010 - 11:11pm
Kids aren't supposed to be bringing in treats for birthdays at our schools. It disrupts the learning environment. There are three parties allowed (Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day). That's plenty.
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Registered: 11-11-2010
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 2:24am
( There are three parties allowed (Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day). That's plenty.)

Who decides what is "plenty"? Obama? Or the teachers?

Again, my point is that kids are NOT fat because of what they eat at school. I'm sure the cokes and cookies you ate every day in HS didn't make you fat, right? It's what kids eat at HOME that make them fat.

Maybe Obama should start dictating to parents of fat kids what is "plenty". Why punish all the kids for the few that are fat? My child is active, fit, and eats well every day. If a kid in her class brings in cookies to celebrate a birthday....I have no problem with that. Teachers in my school seem to know how to give out treats to prevent a learning disruption. It's never been an issue. I really don't need to government telling our school what is "plenty" and what the kids can and cannot have.

Just a little too much dictating going on in this administration, IMO.
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Registered: 11-04-2010
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 8:36am
"Who decides what is "plenty"? Obama? Or the teachers? "

It's been like that since I was a kid in this school district...let's see...about 34 years since I was a kid at a school party, so no, certainly not Obama's fault.

"Again, my point is that kids are NOT fat because of what they eat at school. I'm sure the cokes and cookies you ate every day in HS didn't make you fat, right? It's what kids eat at HOME that make them fat. "

Nope, never made me fat. However, there were few fat kids when I was growing up. Not the case anymore. One school where I worked sold crap at lunchtime to make money. Some kids, particularly those who really shouldn't have been eating the stuff, bought fattening stuff to eat every single day. The school finally decided that they were going to sell more "healthy" stuff (lower fat and sugar content). The favorite of the kids? Pickles. It was so weird seeing all these little kids eating pickles. :-)
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Sat, 12-04-2010 - 8:40am

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Registered: 03-30-2007
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 9:35am

Boy!

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