Question of the Day: School Lunches

Do you agree with the state's new guidelines on school lunches?

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Students at Easton Public Schools will be eating much healither beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

This week, the state announced new guidelines for school lunches which are believe to be the strictest in the country. According to the Boston Globe the new guidelines prohibit fried foods, sugary and artificially sweetened beverages, and foods high in sodium. The rules apply to food sold in vending machines, snack bars, and a la carte offerings in cafeterias.

What do you think of the state's new guidelines for school lunches?

Janet Sroczynski July 16, 2011 at 01:25 PM
I would like to see clarification from the Easton School Dept. as to whether or not chocolate milk, recently "banned" in Massachusetts schools, is actually going to be "allowed" if brought from home, and sent in by a parent for the child to enjoy. Also, I just read on Patch.com that French Fries in the Easton Public Schools are going to be offered, at a cost of $1.50...whether baked or fried, it's a french fry. So, "ban" chocolate milk in all Massachusetts Schools, but "allow" french fries......ummh. I await clarification from the Easton Public Schools on the comment above, ie...bringing chocolate milk to school from home. I do not think chocolate milk is the culprit over the past 30 years; perhaps instead the dramatic increase in the rise of technology and the use of technology, in our lives and our children's lives -is largely to blame. Recess and gym in school, should continue; an occasional chocolate milk brought from home is a nice treat, water and apples -always encouraged, and diet & exercise. Let's have the Easton School Dept. and state of Massachusetts, take a harder look at the rise in technology over the past 30-years-and it's impact on our children...and perhaps it's time to spend less time behind the screens: television, iPad, laptops, computers as a whole, cellphones and the other luckily culprits...and see what the next 30-years will bring. Moderation of some of these things, diet & exercise is the key. And if that doesn't work, enjoy a round of golf.
Elaine Dahlgren July 16, 2011 at 06:26 PM
I totally agree with Janet!! Way too much technology and government in the lives of the children. Stay in Washington Michelle Obama because you are NOT an expert on nutrition!!
Patrick July 17, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Well said, Ms. Sroczynski and Ms. Dahlgren. We've become a national of scolds and meddlers.
Elaine Dahlgren July 19, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Parents should stop being lemmings
Janet Sroczynski July 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM
I do thank you for the supportive comments. It has been interesting to read similar views as expressed above, and to have read them in the comments section of other local, area Patch.com columns. There were (3) interesting "Summer Reads" that I finished reading the other day; brand new books that I returned to The Ames Free Library-Children's Section: 1) William J. Wrigley Jr.-Wrigley Chewing Gum founder & details of: "Wrigley Global Innovation Center" etc., Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Sourthern California, Chicago Cubs Baseball Team, the City of Avalon-Catalino Casino. 2) The Kellogg Family -Breakfast Cereal Pioneers and 3) Milton Hershey - Hershey Chocolate Creator. All (3) books are by: Joanne Mattern and you can find these and other books just like it at: http://www.ABDOPublishing.com. Where I support, and do hope to build-out an Entrepreneurial based program at OA-Oliver Ames High Schools; and other area schools, colleges and universities with an interest level, it would make for an interesting "Enrichment Program" -with classroom lab/space above the new gym at OA-a possibility, provided there was enough interest-level to support a program like this going forward. Support from the community, other parents, students and perhaps a nod of approval from the folks out at Stonehill College. I had hoped my golf putter would come in handy one day.


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