Monday, August 20, 2012
A week from today, my son will be in the middle of his first day of 4th grade. His 9th birthday is Aug 26. I hope that his teacher lets us bring cupcakes for the class. I know its a bad eating habit influence, but since only about 1/2 the class does birthday cupcakes at school, it averages out to 1 cupcake every 2-3 weeks. Wow. I wish that was all the cupcakes I ever eat!
I read the article about childhood obesity today & commented on it. Honestly, I feel that is a parent's responsibility. My son's school has a monthly online breakfast & lunch menu. On Sundays, after church and before I leave for work, my son & I look at and talk about What he wants to eat for the week. If he wants what the school serves, we highlight that day and highlight (in a different color) what he will order. For example, if he wants a hot dog, he must choose fruit & veggies over french fries. If he wants french fries, he chooses the entrée salad. Its not a perfect system, but at least he is learning the difference between healthy and unhealthy and is learning to make choices for himself. Some of his teachers have also commented on how they are impressed with him passing on the junk, unlike so many other kids.
School lunches should be healthier, but lots of kids won't eat the healthy stuff because all they get at home is junk. That info was from the cafeteria coordinator last year. I eat lunch with my son at school occasionally and from what I've seen, its true. Most kids who buy lunch only pick at the fruit and veggies they get served. Unfortunately, some of the packed lunches aren't much better. I see kids pick things off their sandwiches, play cafeteria football with grapes, eating only the bag of bbq Lays chips and the fruit roll up for lunch, and worst of all, kindergarteners with a can of soda in their lunch box. Seriously, what kindergartener needs soda?
In conclusion, the whole system needs an overhaul. However, we need to be creative for now and simply do the best we can with what we have to work with. This starts at home. Good luck to all you parents and a healthy school year!!!