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Hola Arkansas - Packing school lunches with Food Safety in mind

Hola Arkansas - Packing school lunches with Food Safety in mind | School Lunches | Scoop.it
School children should start each day with a clean lunch bag or box to help prevent the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, according to a food safety expert.
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When discussing the issue of school lunches, it seems as if the debate is only concerned with a food's nutritional value. This article reminds the public of how important it is for a child to bring a safe lunch to school. Considering the fact that refrigerators are not provided for students, it is crucial for the parents or caregivers to pack foods that will not spoil or rot. What different ways are there to prevent food from spoiling? Should schools look into having refrigerators for each grade level? 

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These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes | WEKU

These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes | WEKU | School Lunches | Scoop.it
At Oakland High, over 80 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. And officially, students get about 40 minutes for the meal. But Jennifer LeBarre, Oakland Unified School District's nutrition services ...
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I agree with the students in this article stating that 15 minutes is not enough time to each lunch. At my high school, we were given 30 minutes to eat lunch and depending on the lunch line, more than half of the time would  be me waiting in line for food. I want to know why this school thought that 15 minutes was appropriate for lunch? Are the student really getting the opportunity to learn more within those 15 extra minutes? I think that 30 minutes is more appropriate. Overall, the time given to the students allow them to gain the knowledge of time managemant. The students decide to balance their lunch and socializing with their friends. 

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Debit cards deduct nutrition from school lunches | Media Relations Office

ITHACA, N.Y. – School cafeterias that accept only electronic payments may be inadvertently promoting junkier food and adding empty calories to students’
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I thought it was interesting to see debit cards used to pay for school lunches. I agree with this article that debit cards enable students to pay for more food then needed. Physically paying with a debit card does not show how much money is actually spent hence parents are unable to control how much a child eats. When paying in cash, the amount of money spent on food is limited. I do not think the debit card system is necessary. Although it is very useful, and easier to make payments, cash will allow students to manage their money and health in the long run. 

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Three Parents Share Concerns Over Schools' Lunches, Recess, Advertising Policy

Three Parents Share Concerns Over Schools' Lunches, Recess, Advertising Policy | School Lunches | Scoop.it
Part One of a transcript of the Dec. 3 School Committee Meeting. For the links to all parts of the transcript, click here.
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Melissa Willias is a parent, who is concerend with the wellness policy. The wellness policy stated that Grades 1-5 participate in recess while Kindergarten does not. She is worried that her child was not able to play with a friend who was being punished by having her recess taken away. She adds, " walking the playground as a punishment violated policies that did not allow physical punishment." I think that recess should be taken out of a student's life if they were doing something wrong. This is because if a student does not get disciplined, he or she will think that their actions will be tolerated. Actions may lead to chaos, and also an environment where the students have no respect for others and the adminstration. This is interesting to me to hear that she wants her child to play with someone who got in trouble. Usually, parents state "do not be a troublemaker, or do not associate yourself with others who do wrong." I also think it is appropriate that Kindergarteners do not have the opportunity to get their recess taken away considering the fact that they are 3-4 year olds. Kindergarteners learn through experience and observation and it is crucial for them to experience the interaction of others.
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Crayons Down. Now Dig Into That Healthful Parfait.

Crayons Down. Now Dig Into That Healthful Parfait. | School Lunches | Scoop.it
A new anti-obesity initiative by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the National Institutes of Health seeks to teach children under 5 to enjoy fruits and vegetables daily.
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What a great way to incorporate healthy foods into a child's diet. In this article, it states that "children between the ages 3-4 have lifelong habits that are being formed". By promoting healthy eating at an early age, children are more likely to turn to fruits and vegetables rather than the standardized meals schools offer. Children interact with healthy foods by creating their favorite fruits and vegetables with clay.  The article also discusses how children are more likely to try new foods when introduced. What are some ways a parent can aid a child to create healthy eating habits? Do you think it would be hard for the child to adapt the healthy eating habits at school due to school lunches? Personally at home, I would eat a lot healther due to the fact that when I was at school, I rather buy lunch and eat french fries rather than my whole grain sandwich. What are some ways schools can influence a healthy lifestyle? 

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