junk food in classrooms - a plan

Posted on: Wed, 03/16/2005 - 8:15am
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Joined: 01/11/2004 - 09:00

OK. I know this has been a topic a lot in the past few months. Hope this helps.

I've decided I'm taking on this issue in the elem. school my girls go to. DS has the pa, but he's only 2. My goal is to eliminate or greatly reduce the junk food in the classrooms ie. candy as rewards, excessive birthday and holiday celebrations, etc.

I'm trying to go at this not from an allergy perspective but more from the angle of let's walk the talk about good health and nutrition. I think this way, it's not just the "hysterical allergy mom's issue" The PE dept. is completely supportive and I have a meeting w/ the principal next week. Anyway, I found this terrific resource for how to attack making this change in schools. Very comprehensive and right on the money.

I live in MD and we just passed the Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value guidelines. Now, the guidelines do not nearly go far enough, but I figured to piggy back on that. Also, every school district in the country (USA), must develop a wellness plan with guidelines for nutrition and physical activity by the 2006-2007 school year. MD schools must also have a nutrition policy by January 2006.

The title of the document is "Community Action to Change School Food Policy: An Organizing Kit" Hope I put this link in correctly. [url="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/MPHA_Food_Policy_Kit.pdf"]http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/MPHA_Food_Policy_Kit.pdf[/url]

If anyone else has done this, please let me know what worked & what didn't. Thanks! Julie


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