No Fast Food in Public School

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The typical American child wakes up to sugar-laden cereal accompanied by sugary juice, then watches a few minutes of television before going to school. After school, the same child enjoys pizza rolls or some other processed food that is ready after 90 seconds in the microwave. Following snack, the child is entertained by a few hours of video games or watching television, until dinner is ready. Dinner consists of partially processed meat, just-add-water salty side dishes and vegetables from a can. After more television, the child goes to bed. This is the sad reality for many American children. Many parents and care-givers offer the easy and convenient option instead of the more nutritious option. Now, school administrators want to surrender to convenience. The nutritious option involves more time and labor. Are children worth the better option? Yes. Because children are worth the better option, fast food restaurants should be prohibited from public school. Schools influence the way children think and behave for better or for worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it can be difficult for children to make healthy food choices and get enough physical activity when they are exposed to environments in their home, child care center, school, or community that are influenced by sugar drinks and less healthy foods on school campuses (CDC). Lunches offered from school should represent the food choices kids should aspire to make. Most kids want pizza and French fries each day. Schools do not offer pizza and French fries every day because it would send the wrong message to kids. The typical school menu includes spaghetti, bread and a salad. The next day, turkey, mashed potatoes and a vegetable is served. The next day, the lunch menu includes fish sticks and tater tots. Quesadillas are served the following day. There is a wide variety with varying levels of nutritional benefit. The message to kids is to follow a balanced approach in making food...
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