School treats get healthy makeover

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 22, 2012 - 10:21 AM

More schools are limiting sugar or offering healthier snacks at classroom parties to address obesity rates and food allergies.

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fwallenDec. 22, 1212:24 PM

Our school lunch room staff is required to put vegetables and other healthy stuff on the kids tray weather they want it or not. A tremendous amount ends up in the garbage. We can't force feed kids, so bright people better figure out ways to convince kids that they need to make healthy choices. It would also be great to restore daily physical activity in every grade,every year.

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orvestaDec. 22, 12 2:38 PM

fwallen - School lunch staffs put crap on our trays that was not healthy and still the garbage cans were full. Your suggestion that "healthy stuff" equates to tremendous amounts in garbage is not a direct link. It's a weak link. You are correct, we cannot force feed kids, but we also cannot revert to fattening them up like pork bellies. Obesity is a disease and has tremendous costs. It appears "bright people" are working at figuring out ways to combine taste and health. This is a good, if not imperfect trail. It's not going to be perfect right away, but we must work to make it better ASAP.

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moombaDec. 22, 12 4:19 PM

Where do the parents come into the equation ? Our schools and government need to fix everything for us right ? That's worked really well over the years !

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orvestaDec. 22, 1211:27 PM

moomba - "Where do the parents come into the equation? ... That's worked really well over the years!" - Most certainly parents *DO* come into the equation. Who said they don't? You are implying a false set of choices. It's not all one or the other. Parents need to work with schools, government has a role to play also in making sure people of all backgrounds have the chance to benefit from the good parts and are not hurt by negative stuff. Actually, if parents have been doing their job as you suggest, would we even have an obesity problem? Fact is, many parents are people too... and not all people know everything and are capable of dealing with every problem. That's why we have education as PART of the growth process. It's highly recommended.

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