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.