Obesity

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 11:22am
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It seems like so many of you are fighting with teachers about candy and food treats/rewards.

Not only is this a PA issue but the teachers are contributing to the childhood obesity problem, increase in diabetes, poor eating habits etc.

I just don't get all these treats. I went to school in the 60's and there wasn't this constant emphasis on treats/candy rewards at all.

My kids went to elementary school in 80's to early 90's. And, again, all this food wasn't a constant issue.

Where did this trend come from?

Where I work...for the first several years...people were constantly having food days and eating candy/chips all day.

Starting at the first of this year...the worst offenders have all signed up for Weight Watchers...because they all gained 20-30 lbs.

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 11:47am
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I agree...we focus WAY too much of food rewards, when all our children want is a little recognition, pat on the back, or even a high five! I hate that I've often witnessed a child saying "look mommy what I did, can I have a piece of candy"? My own kids have tried this with me, "I cleaned up the dirty clothes, can I have a sucker"?
Ummm, NO!
But it all comes down to personal choices. I can't tell the lady next door to stop giving her kids Halloween candy as a treat, nor can I expect the other parents at school. Yes we are becoming an fat-nation....but it's their choice.
However, we do have a choice to NOT have the candy as well. We have to find a balance, talk with our teachers, offer non-food ideas.
This just came up today at our school. I walked by the office, they keep "good-for-you" rewards there....low and behold packages of Cracker Jacks! Not only is it unhealthy, but it could kill 17 of the kids at the school. When brought to the principal's attention, she would rather come up with some sticker-solution(giving allergy kids a sticker that would alert the office staff when they are picking their treats) then to remove the peanut-popcorn. I don't get it, I don't get it at all.
As much as we try to offer healthy choices to our kids, the school goes behind our backs and goves them sugar-rewards anyways. We as parents should have the right to say yes or no...to sign a waiver or something. It's not fair!
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)
[This message has been edited by chanda4 (edited February 01, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2007 - 12:03pm
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All I can say -- or will edit myself ahead of time -- is that this is a huge pet peeve of mine. I am so incredibly sick and tired of food needing to be a constant at school. I am also nauseated by the attitude of entitlement to bring junk food to school by parents and/or the utter shock that I've encountered if I suggest food shouldn't be a reward for some event. I could probably write a novel about my frustration with this topic -- UGH! Food was never so pervasive when I went to school as it is now, and I'd love to smack whoever started this trend on their noggin!

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 3:11am
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Hmmmmmm.... yes. BIG red hot-button with me right now. RE: strings class. My daughter was [i]excluded from class[/i] because they were having a party that day. The teacher [i]knows[/i] she is aerosol sensitive-- has seen it with her own eyes when another child was "sneaking" a nutty candy bar ten feet from her...
So the class had a party wherein packages of cookies (including nutter butters) were handed out. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] What, you might ask, does this have to do with music instruction? I wonder too.
And it isn't just in schools. If it were [i]only[/i] so..... but NOOOOOOOOO... we have to be stuffing our kids [i]at all times, in all places.[/i]
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 3:30am
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I think the scary issue is the Sugar addiction that these kids face now. The sugar intake offers such highs & lows througout their day which ultimately has an impact on their behavior, attention, and learning capability. I have seen parents with Non-FA children consider this a huge issue as well.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 9:21pm
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Oh yeah, this is a big peeve of mine right now.
Our school nurse is trying to implement wellness policies and is trying to help kids learn healthy eating habits. We have snack time in classroom for most grades.
Moms are freaking out that goldfish crackers are being sent home and sugary snacks are also being sent home uneaten. Many moms are upset.
The thing is that a healthy snack is a piece of fruit, a vegetable, something low fat with fiber to fill up kids.
Then, we have this day at school called Theme Day. Parents transform the school to a theme. It is a huge thing. In the past, there has been minimal food involved. I got the list yesterday for this year and there are 18 themed rooms. The theme is Imagine That....The workshop I'm involved in is Imagine Being Major League BB Player. We're not including any food in our room.
Here are some of the others....
Curious Cash--learn about $$ etc. Get a Cash Snack,
Stranded! You're stranded on an Island. Compete with your friends for food.
Play with your food--See what you can build using food, play with peas...fun and tasty
Cool Cafe--Imagine you are a chef for school make and sample yummy food.
Roman Times--see roman architecture and have a roman feast.
Dreams-do you dream in color? Eat some milk and cookies while learning about your dreams.
Cinema of the Future--Experience food, atmosphere of a future cinema.
Deep Blue Sea--handle shellfish/sea creatures in a touch tank. (there is a shellfish allergy warning)
So, these are 7 out of 18 that CENTER around food. I am sure the other ones will have a snack or food it just wasn't mentioned in the brochure.
So, it is apparent to me why some children and teens have obesity problems. Their parents are constantly feeding them. They can't even make a theme room without the use of food or without giving them a snack. I don't get it.
I am now trying to talk to the heads of these 18 rooms to find out exactly which foods they're having. I'm sure you'll hear more about this from me. Sorry in advance.
But back to the original thing. Yes, parents feed their kids all the time. It drives me crazy.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 9:50pm
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I must say that our school system is excellent with the promoting of healthy foods. Most always the child has a healthy snack and is not able to eat cookies or candy at snack time. The teacher will have crackers on hand for the ones that may forget.
Our parties are usually fruits and some treats as well. But they are only Chrismas,Halloween and valentines day. I don't mind that at all.
There is no soda at any of the parties and if they have it the child is only able to have a small glass and only half full.
I must say our school is great.
Cathlina you are right food wasn't such a big deal when we were in school but I also feel that we didn't play video games at home and got proper exercise. That helps also.
Take care Claire

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 2:01am
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Did anyone read the article in People about Childhood obesity? Very interesting when you have a 6 year old that weighs 120 lbs. then you query the parents about what they eat. They reported eating fast food several times a week, the all you can eat buffet once or twice a week.
Is it rocket science that if you're feeding your kid mcdonald's regularly and indulging in all you can eat buffets that you are bound to gain some weight?
OMG....did anyone watch that documentary about the guy who ate mcd. every day for a month? Sickening. I think it was called super size it or something like that.
That alone made me want to not eat FF more than once a month or so.
People really need to get a grip on their eating habits.
UGH>>>

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 2:09am
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[b]Then, we have this day at school called Theme Day. Parents transform the school to a theme. It is a huge thing. In the past, there has been minimal food involved. I got the list yesterday for this year and there are 18 themed rooms. The theme is Imagine That....The workshop I'm involved in is Imagine Being Major League BB Player. We're not including any food in our room.
Here are some of the others....
Curious Cash--learn about $$ etc. Get a Cash Snack,
Stranded! You're stranded on an Island. Compete with your friends for food.
Play with your food--See what you can build using food, play with peas...fun and tasty
Cool Cafe--Imagine you are a chef for school make and sample yummy food.
Roman Times--see roman architecture and have a roman feast.
Dreams-do you dream in color? Eat some milk and cookies while learning about your dreams.
Cinema of the Future--Experience food, atmosphere of a future cinema.
Deep Blue Sea--handle shellfish/sea creatures in a touch tank. (there is a shellfish allergy warning)[/b]
Do you have a 504? How is this going to be safe for your child? If it is a school event, using the classrooms, wouldn't this be a huge cross contamination nightmare? I would think that if these other classes are going to use food, the food involved would have to fall within the guidelines you have for your 504 (if you have one). Unless someone is going to make everyone coming into your child's classroom wash their hands before entering, because without doing that, if you have a designated nut free classroom, that will be potentially blown out of the water.
Truly -- btw -- that is just obnoxious anyway on a level aside from the allergy anyway. Throwing food at kids is sorely lacking in any creativity -- can't anyone figure out a way to educate them instead of just stuffing them?

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 2:18am
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no, no 504 only IHP. In the past, the nurse has required that labels be sent in and no PB/Nuts allowed.
In previous years, there was food, but very limited and it was food that wasn't sweet like hot dogs, popcorn, very basic stuff and only in one or two rooms.
Last year, there was more food and there was a Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Room. I gave the nurse too much credit. She promised all rooms would be safe. I called the moms for this room two days before the event and one of the main parts was a chocolate fountain. They had already bought and opened the chocolate for the fountain and they didn't have the label. So, this was the only food room I allowed my son and in the end, I had to arrange for him to be moved to a different room.
I just emailed the president of the PTO and the nurse to try and get some guidelines in order for the people in charge of each room.
It is a nightmare....the good thing is that I know many parents and most are good.
We'll see what they have to say about this year since there is so much food involved.
this day at school is such a huge deal. Last year, i worked on the room for Magic Treehouse. We spent 4 months planning and it took 5 moms, 3 dads 6 hours to stage the room. It really is amazing. But, I'm feeling like too many moms this year who are in charge of rooms are lacking in the creativity area......too much food....

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 9:24am
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I started a Health and Wellness Committee for our school's PTA. We had our first meeting last night and I'm really excited about the ideas people came up with. Our principal is supporting us and I think we will be able to make some changes in PTA events to make them less centered around food.
If you want to try to make changes at your school, see if you can start or join a PTA Wellness committee.
Cathy

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