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yoopermom

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Schools and Sugar Overload
« on: February 03, 2011, 11:19:50 AM »
Got a note home from my 3rd grader's teacher asking for volunteers to donate the following to the class Valentines Day party:
*  Pop
*  Chips
*  Cookes
*  Cupcakes

Of course this is an addition to all the candy the kids are going to get.  ARGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!  I questioned the teacher ... she suggested a healthy option that goes over well is FRUIT!  HA!  Is it any wonder the adult obesity rate in my county is 30%????

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Re: Schools and Sugar Overload
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011, 03:49:16 PM »
I'd bring in some nut-muffins with a side of fresh fruit  :D

I'm SO glad we live about 2 blocks from the elementary school . . . kiddo is going to eat at home when he gets to be school age!!


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Re: Schools and Sugar Overload
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011, 05:49:53 PM »
I wonder if they'd let you bring in deviled eggs or something.

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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011, 06:11:50 PM »
I wonder if they'd let you bring in deviled eggs or something.

The teacher said I could bring in something healthy.  I've done that in the past and the kids selected the buffet of junk to my healthy choice.  It's not worth the money & effort.  I'm happy that my child makes good choices in those situations.  I'm so sad for our youth.  In 6th grade the gym teacher talks about how 1 in 5 teens are obese, and the health class teaches nutrition.  But 1 out of every 5 kids are obese by the time they get to 6th grade.  Nobody wants to take responsibility for this epidemic.

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Re: Schools and Sugar Overload
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011, 06:14:27 PM »
Oh ... here's the irony:  a couple of weeks later the school is participating in the "Jump Rope for Heart Disease" fundraiser!


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Re: Schools and Sugar Overload
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2011, 10:29:46 PM »
Wow, in Elementary school we were never allowed pop for any reason. Occasionally candy was allowed for themed parties like valentines. It wasn't until High School that there was a pop machine. This was in the 90's...

I can't picture a bunch of kids who are expecting junk to be happy with fresh fruit. They won't eat it because a majority were raised not to. You're trying to stop the tide.

Once they take the junk it's a hard addiction to break. It's out there and they want to get your kids young. I was watching Saturday morning toons today and most commercials were for junk food. Even raising them on a healthy diet doesn't mean there isn't "competition".

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Re: Schools and Sugar Overload
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2011, 04:53:06 AM »
I'd have suggested fruit as a healthy option as well.  Obviously it's not going to undo the sugar rush from all the other stuff, but it's much healthier than the processed gluten-filled baked goods.  I was kind of a weird kid, but I'd choose pineapple or grapes over regular candy or store-bought cupcakes.

I'm surprised about the pop.  We weren't allowed near caffeine in school, and rarely were given sugar (Valentine's and Halloween were about the only times during the year that our teachers would tolerate sugar-fueled children).  That teacher is a braver woman than I'd be.

If it's one day a year, I doubt it's too big of a deal, but that's probably not the case.

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Re: Schools and Sugar Overload
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2011, 02:05:35 PM »
Kids are stubborn. Americans are stubborn. American kids...

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Re: Schools and Sugar Overload
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2011, 05:58:37 AM »
A friend of mine, taking her parenting and nutrition very seriously, limited candy, gave the children snacks of carrot, pepper, celery etc as cruditees. They hardly ever had fries and no junk food. There was fruit. Those children were getting their five a day and then some.

Cue Daisy's first day at school. Lunch was amazing mum... What did you have dear?
Pizza, Chips (fries) and baked beans

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Re: Schools and Sugar Overload
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2011, 07:38:57 AM »
School lunches are terrible. As a kid I remember the rotation of chicken nuggets, Mexican pizza, normal pizza, Salisbury steak, fish sandwich and hamburger. For sides there were reheated green beans (from a can), corn, mixed veg (carrots & peas) or fruit salad (syrupy and also from a can). High school lunches weren't much better. They offered more choices but the few healthy ones available where boring as hell.

Of course the greasy, salty foods were the most popular!

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Re: Schools and Sugar Overload
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2011, 10:26:17 PM »
just make ur own kids their lunch :P

btw as horrible as it sounds they WILL eat cookies and other such things every once in a while. I figure if u can limit it thats miles ahead of the rest of us who ate them unconstrained for years