Today on her blog, Food Politics, Marion Nestle described a recent tour she took of a few schools in the New York area
Her conclusion: “School food can be really good, even in poor neighborhoods, if everyone involved cares about it. Can we teach schools to care? Of course we can.”
She also references an article that ran in the Times
on October 2nd about how local schools are banning bake sales
as part of a new wellness policy that also limits what can be sold in vending machines.
I think that in some ways, children are the most susceptible to the intense marketing of unhealthy foods. I’m in favor of these restrictions. Doritos and Snickers bars are not going to give students the fuel they need to perform. Plus, eating a real meal makes it easier to stay awake during class. Schools are a really great place to begin reinforcing the importance—and benefits–of making positive choices.
Maybe if people stopped talking so much in terms of enforcing restrictions and instead using language that emphasizes the inclusion of more healthy foods it might foster a more upbeat attitude. Rather than focus on what you’re giving up, focus on the good things you’re embracing.
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