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6/5/12 9:41 P

It's a shame that we wasted all that money fighting in Iraq where we were led to believe there were WMD and there wasn't all that money spent, all the families ruined by fallen shoulders and we think so less of our kids eating properly in schools and them not having Physical Education on a daily basis or even a few times a week.
They are saying that kids born in 2000 and up are going to have low life expectancies and it's just a shame!

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6/5/12 7:24 P

Yeah the whole money situation is a toughie, I totally agree. I don't think potatoes are a problem at all. They are delicious! This doesn't even need to be such a big deal. Just serve nutritious food that tastes good. It doesn't meen no fat or no sugar. There just needs to be a better balance that's all.

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6/5/12 7:16 P

I didn't know. However, potatoes can be pretty healthy. Why can't we get those little cut up baked potatoes that you can get at the grocery store? Also, I'd love to see healthier food in the schools period. However, for $1.50-$2.50 per child and so many on free and reduced lunch it's hard to do more.

Edited by: DIVA12 at: 6/5/2012 (19:17)

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6/5/12 7:12 P

I imagine you are talking about the new nutrition standards that are taking place next year where school are going to be required to offer more veggies and fruit and less sodium laden foods. They also have set calorie and fat limits which is where I imagine the french fry issue comes in and they are replacing the fried ones with baked or roasted ones. It's not perfect but it's a start. I ate school lunch nearly everyday of my school life growing up and it was full of hot dogs, hamburgers, greasy pizza, canned vegetables (of which I never touched), meaty discs that I think were salisbury steak or something equally gross (IMO) and my personal favorite mashed potatoes with butter and gravy.

This has been a long time coming and I'm sure was a hard fight. Kids deserve better. So I say more power to them for trying to make a positive change.

Oh and this one is interesting as well about keeping pizza as a vegetable because of the tomato sauce.

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6/5/12 6:21 P

Oven fries would be fine, but I'm willing to bet it's easier for the schools to fry them up in oil.

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6/5/12 4:08 P

I was unaware that this was happening. Our son went to a public school until last year, however, I don't remember hearing that he had french fries...

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6/5/12 3:34 P

Did you know they were trying to cut down the consumption of french fries in the schools , but that the potato growers have so much invested in making sure our kids eat french fries everyday and that they have so much pull that french fries are on the menu on a daily basis in a lot of schools.

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