The food served in public schools represents an important statement “about how seriously we take learning,’’ said Colorado State Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, who wrote a book about his experiencing teaching in the impoverished Mississippi Delta.
We all know that sugar is bad for us, yet it is so pervasive in our culture that we don’t seem to take its health risks seriously. Children love sugar-rich treats and we hate to deny them. Most food products marketed to children have more sugar in them than any other ingredients. It's easy to say, "I know sugar is bad, but..."
Below I offer a few lines from nutritionist Nancy Appleton’s "124 Ways Sugar Ruins Your Health" that specifically address how sugar affects the health and mental alertness of children. Perhaps these facts will motivate you to act on what you know!
In the U.S., more than 78 million adults and 12 million children are obese, prompting some to argue that it's in the government's interest to combat the problem. But others say the government should stay away from people's personal habits.
Most of us have heard the good advice that we need to eat less sugar - and rightly so. However, despite the numerous warnings by health authorities of the ill effects of sugar, the majority of the population is still consuming sugar on a daily basis in some form or other.
Better D.C. School Food is the official blog of Parents for Better D.C. School Food. We advocate replacing highly processed, sugary foods with wholesome, nutritious food in District of Columbia public schools to promote the health and well-being of all children. We partner with the D.C. Farm to School Network to promote the use of sustainably grown local farm goods in school meals.
Although milk is an important drink and an easy way for your child to get calcium and vitamin D into his diet, it is usually best to encourage your kids to drink plain white milk. Adding chocolate flavoring just gives your child unnecessary sugar and calories. If your child won't drink plain white milk, you might offer alternative sources of calcium before jumping to flavoring his milk with chocolate or strawberry syrup or powder, as it is usually difficult to get kids to later go back to drinking plain milk once they start drinking flavored milk.
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