Board passes new food guildlines despite dissenter

Gabby Philbrook, wellness coordinator for the De Soto School District, came to discuss the Fun Fit Food guidelines for the district. She said the district would not be recommending that teachers have foods like candy, cupcakes and chips during seasonal or birthday parties, but instead opt for healthy grains, fruits and vegetables or dairy products such as yogurt or non-fat milk.

She also wanted to encourage parents and teachers to think of alternatives to food for rewards.

Board member Randy Johnson said he was offended that it was even on the agenda.

“If parents are not there to tell them what is right and what its wrong, it certainly is not our job,” Johnson said. “We have so many issues we don’t have time to spending on lunch programs and snacks.”

Board member Janine Gracy disagreed and said it if parents weren’t there to teach their kids about nutrition it was up to the schools. She said that in the long run, better education about nutrition could help reduce obesity and reduce healthcare costs for everyone.

The board passed the new guidelines with a vote of 6-1 with Johnson casting the dissenting vote.

Comments

cbernhart 4 years, 2 months ago

First of all whoever posted this article you need to proof before you publish.

Second, I agree the school should be aloud to teach about nutrition. I think we parents get caught up in all the activities and work and just want to do something quick for dinner and maybe we don't think about the nutritional value of what we just fed our families. It definitely cannot hurt to give the kids a little extra help on making better food choices.

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egarcia 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you for your input. Proofreading is done a little differently at desotoexplorer.com. Because it is a one-man show, some of the proofreading is done by the editor of the Baldwin City Signal. In order for him to proofread a story, it has to be posted first. It's kind of silly that way. That doesn't excuse me from not proofreading things before I post it, but he will catch things I don't.

Of course, users are always allowed to send me a note at editor@desotoexplorer.com if they see anything wrong in an article.

And I agree that it won't hurt the kids to get a little more nutrition information from the school. After all they are there to learn and kids learn a lot more than the three Rs at school so you might as well teach them about nutrition.

And it's something that they will bring back home with them. I remember during a fairly recent city council meeting, a parent talking about how their child won't allow recyclable materials to go into the trash. Just imagine how they can transform a family's diet with the right information.

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GabbyP 4 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for that Christy! We are definately incorporating more nutrition education into the curriculum...that isn't going to change. I think unhealthy food as a reward or in a party is the norm rather than the exception now-a-days. Why do the kids ALWAYS have to have food when having a party? If parents and teachers would organize a non-food party, I think the kids would be JUST as happy with their party. The majority of the kids that we polled wanted an extra recess in lieu of a party. This will not only satisfy the kids, I think it would the teacher too. It calms the kids down and allows them to focus and in turn, do better in school.

As for the food at parties...if parents want to throw a party with cake, cookies and soda (not to mention candy in the goodie bags), they should not use the schools to do this, they should have them at home. I don't see anything wrong with having fruit, trail mix, go-gurts and juice at a party. These kids will welcome anything when it comes to parties at school. There is also nothing wrong with having one item that is junk food and the rest healthier foods. Moderation is key!

jumping off my soapbox now :-)

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egarcia 4 years, 2 months ago

An extra recess sounds like a great idea. My niece just finished with elementary school and is now going into middle school. She is having trouble wrapping her brain around the fact that there will be no more recess. I say give them more recess. The more the better.

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egarcia 4 years, 2 months ago

@cbernhart: Thank you for your input. Proofreading is done a little differently at desotoexplorer.com. Because it is a one-man show, some of the proofreading is done by the editor of the Baldwin City Signal. In order for him to proofread a story, it has to be posted first. It's kind of silly that way. That doesn't excuse me from not proofreading things before I post it, but he will catch things I don't. Of course, users are always allowed to send me a note at editor@desotoexplorer.com if they see anything wrong in an article. And I agree that it won't hurt the kids to get a little more nutrition information from the school. After all they are there to learn and kids learn a lot more than the three Rs at school so you might as well teach them about nutrition. And it's something that they will bring back home with them. I remember during a fairly recent city council meeting, a parent talking about how their child won't allow recyclable materials to go into the trash. Just imagine how they can transform a family's diet with the right information.

@GabbyP: An extra recess sounds like a great idea. My niece just finished with elementary school and is now going into middle school. She is having trouble wrapping her brain around the fact that there will be no more recess. I say give them more recess. The more the better.

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