No more "junk" food allowed in School?

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Registered: 07-20-2005
No more "junk" food allowed in School?
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Wed, 10-12-2005 - 12:57pm

I was packing my 7 year old's lunch this morning. I was going to put in one of those individual packs of mini-oreos when she said "I can't have that mom.". I questioned her and found out that the teachers are telling the children that they can't have junk food anymore. Through experience, I've learned not to take everything she says at face value so I went in this morning to talk to the principal. So, I find out that a treat after lunch is okay but what they are trying to stop is the kids from pigging out at the morning recess. Apparantly, kids are bringing ho-ho, donuts etc and then it is effecting their ability to concentrate later. Totally agree too much sugar is a bad thing. So then I ask "If we are going to try and cut back on sugar then why is the school still serving Froot Loops and Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast?". Oh, that's not under the control of the school, I have to call Food services. So I call food services....the answer "if we serve low sugar cereal the kids won't eat it". I try to explain to the director of food services that it might be beneficial to provide a lower sugar cereal in the morning. Not only is it better for the kids but it is a conflicting message to tell let the kids fill up on sugar first thing in the morning and then a hour later tell them "no you can't have a donut". Doesn't make sense. They serve our kids sugar cereal, pancakes, waffles, coffee cake, fruit cocktail in heavy syrup most of the time. Even my seven year old doesn't understand the no junk food policy.

What do your schools serve at breakfast and lunch? Do you all have junk food policies?

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Registered: 10-09-2005
Wed, 10-12-2005 - 1:15pm

Neither of my kids have ever had meals served by the schools. I've looked at their menus and no thanks! Too much processed sugary foods with red dye for my taste. Now I admit I'm probably more picky then a lot of parents and I know that for sure after seeing what a lot of kids have in their lunch boxes. Kids would be happier and more focused if they had more protein and less carb junk in their school meals. I know at my son's school they do ask the parents to cut back on some of the junk food they are sending, but as far as I can tell there is no enforcement of the that rule.

I really don't think you can take a school seriously about what you send in your child's lunch box until they change the menus they serve. What they told you at the food service department is ridiculous and just plain lazy on their part.

I would just continue to send what you are comfortable sending until the food service changes their own menus.

Dana

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 10-12-2005 - 2:40pm

Yup! It's absolutely crazy! We had this discussion on the ed debate board. I'm going to try and find the link for you. It's crazy how messed up things are now. We, as parents habve to make all the changes but when the school is asked, it's amazing how many folks have a "job" in different areas. *sigh* The school menus are just horrible! It cracks me up that they are trying to get the parents ot reduce sugar and stuff but not put the effort in it for the facility.


Here's the link:


http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-pshottopedu&msg=1760.1


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Registered: 07-20-2005
Wed, 10-12-2005 - 4:29pm
Thank you for the link. I am really shocked at what some of the moms were saying were being served. At least our school doesn't sell any kind of snack foods. I was at school today at lunch, ironically, and they were serving tuna sandwiches, chips and 1/2 a banana with choice of plain or chocolate milk. I watched the kids file out of the cafeteria into the courtyard and stop on the way to throw away their sandwiches...when I walked by this particular garbage can it was full of whole tuna sandwiches. I'm wondering why they can't be more creative? That's what I do to get my kids to eat at home.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 10-12-2005 - 5:41pm

Hi,

We are in Canada, and my kids go to a private school here. No junk food is a huge deal here. Now I am more relaxed than most of the parents, but most of the parents won't let their kids eat any kind of sugar even at home. I know that no cookies, no potato chips is a policy in public schools here too. The school doesn't have a cafeteria here, it is a small school, but they do offer ordered lunches through catering service, and last year they switched to whole wheat spaghetti and breads. Kids can't even bring any treats even for B-day, other than some muffins, not chocholate. I think it is a good thing and my kids are very happy when they get cookies from me, or occasionaly Krispy Kreme.
Best of luck,
Ana

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Wed, 10-12-2005 - 7:17pm

Wow, that is so confusing and what a mixed message to send to the kids.

I honestly don't know what our school serves for breakfast. I have checked out the lunch menu and it seems fairly balanced. They even offer a salad/fruit buffet. That said, I pack my DD's lunch every day. That way I control what is offered to her. I never pack sweets like snack cakes or cookies. The one time I did that, the cookie was the only thing she ate for lunch that day and she brought home her sandwich and fruit untouched.

CA's govern-ator just signed a bill making it illegal(?) to sell soda and snacks in vending machines on school property. I think it takes effect Jan.1. I guess that's CA's way of dealing with our unhealthy kids.

Lynn

Lynn
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Registered: 08-31-2004
Wed, 10-12-2005 - 8:25pm

Well at least that is a step in the right direction - I'll take it! :)

Our schools are pretty okay here. They offer a salad bar and a baked potato bar as well as regular hot lunch. I don't even know if they serve breakfast at all.

I don't think there is anything wrong with a school serving tuna sandwiches for lunch every now and then. If the kids are choosing to throw them away... well, they might get a little hungry later on. It's the same policy I have at home, actually! :)

From what I can see, our schools are a huge improvement over what they used to serve us when I was a kid. Even so, we usually still send lunch. My son only buys school lunches when I run out of time to make him lunch. And he prefers to bring lunch from home. He has encopresis and so I have to be careful what he eats - nothing white, for sure. So we only do school lunches every now and then.

Susan

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Wed, 10-12-2005 - 9:53pm
My kids come home for lunch until they are in 6th grade! I do have snacks at home, but first the good food has to be eaten. My dd now in the 6th grade can get lunches at school. She usually brings a lunch from home. None of our schools offer a breakfast, but I like to eat with the kids and chat before sending them off for the day. I would miss our am chats too much!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Wed, 10-12-2005 - 10:03pm
Yeah, I'm in California and so it will be interesting to see what actually happens with this new bill. Really won't matter much in our town the only school with vending machines is the high school but they have an open campus so if they can't get in at school the kids will just walk across the street to the 7-11.
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Registered: 06-20-2000
Thu, 10-13-2005 - 12:32pm

I remember seeing this on PBS some time ago - why don't ALL schools adopt this model? It works! Maybe you can get the 'packet' thingie & provide it to the board of ed?

http://nutrition.about.com/b/a/152067.htm

http://www.naturalovens.com/lib/content/default/schools/5293f4369f273ee85b08ee677db00949/Appleton.pdf

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Thu, 10-13-2005 - 5:49pm

In my town the two jr. high and one senior high schools all have vending machines. The one down point to the banning of vending machines is that at each of the three schools the vending machines provide MAJOR fund raising money for the bands.

The high school is a nationally ranked competitive field show performance band and they travel constantly during season. I have no idea what they will do without this income. While I agree that it's a good thing to take the sugar/carbs out of the schools, I think that something has to be done about the funding for the band and color guard teams that the vending machines currently help support.

Lynn

Lynn

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