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5/17/12 7:39 P

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Exactly, Ani! It starts at home. Both my sister and I (and our own kids) were brought up with good, healthy food. Yes, we all turned to junk once in a while, but it just wasn't normal and we always came back to the good stuff.

However, how many parents don't know about good nutrition? I don't know about the US, but up here, most women attend a Lamaze class before childbirth and bring their partners along. Why not add in a few extra classes on nutrition? We were taught to change a diaper, why not teach us how to eat "real" food?

Sorry, didn't read down far enough. Exactly, Jamiemuff!

Edited by: ANEWTATIANA at: 5/17/2012 (19:40)
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5/17/12 5:02 P

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That might be so for some kids. I was brought up on healthy foods (way back in the 50's) but I easily traded my tuna on whole wheat sandwich for a Wonder Bread, bologna and Kraft American processed cheese sandwich...or a Twinky. I felt so deprived when I saw other kids eating that cr.p...LOL!! But those early lessons in the goodness of whole foods did stick and I went back to them later. Thanks Mom!
Moral: Yes, Jamiemuff, good eating habits start at home mostly through example and by not having the junk available there.

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5/17/12 5:13 A

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I definitely think the soda should be banned. Theres just no need for it. when I was a kid there was nothing but milk, you either drank it or you didnt. But I think they should have water for kids who cant have or dont like milk. As for junk food, I think that behavior is learned at home. If a child has good eating habits at home, they are more likely to not go for that at school.

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5/17/12 1:53 A

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Not banned, but limited. It's up to the parents more than the schools to teach what THEY want their children to have. The bottom line, when the government starts taking our choices away, it begins like this - on something "small".

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5/17/12 12:08 A

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Education would be nice. But who's going to decide what to teach? Who decides what is "good"? The government?? Where will the line be drawn between "junk" and "food"?

I'm losing hope...sigh...

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5/16/12 11:45 P

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Of course healthy food should be its own reward (and the norm) - just like grades should be - but plenty of parents offer rewards for them, and so do local businesses. Even in my small town, several businesses tell kids to bring in their report cards & they'll get a treat (not necessarily food) for each A.

We're talking about a transition period, and to completely revamp the culture at once would be kind of a shock to the kids. Maybe rewards isn't the exact thing needed, but lots of positive reinforcement. Big, kick-off events. Offer not just healthy foods (e.g. - carrot sticks), but interestingly-done healthy foods.

But the first step is definitely to get rid of the sugary drinks --- even fruit juice.

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5/16/12 11:00 P

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Absolutely! I agree with Serendipity that the children should be educated, but I'm not sure about the incentives/rewards. Good, healthy food should be simply the norm.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. – Thomas Jefferson

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5/16/12 10:31 P

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Yes - but they need to offer attractive alternatives & do mucho mucho education, maybe offer incentives/rewards.


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5/16/12 10:07 P

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Should junk food and sweetened drinks (like soda) be banned from public schools?

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