Kudos to the Daily Star for sharing the parent perspective. I found it refreshing to see the PTA’s support for the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act included in a recent article about school menus. Children may not want to eat their vegetables, but sometimes parents and responsible adults need to make the right decisions for our kids by providing an environment for them to be successful in. A predicted shorter lifespan and high rates of chronic disease are clear indicators for a systematic approach.
As a parent and community member, I cannot stand by and support a system that “feeds” the problem. Instead I stand in support of these necessary changes, and hope others will also get involved in the food movement. As one amazing food service director from Edmeston once said, let’s “awaken their taste buds.” Working collaboratively parents, food service staff, teachers and community members need to advocate for a food service system that teaches children what is healthy, where our food comes from, how to read a food label, how to create a meal plan, and how to prepare home-cooked meals. Combine these efforts with daily active play and I have hope that our children will once again live a more-prosperous life then the generation before.