Vail Daily letter: Need healthier food choices at school
July 13, 2010
The food we eat at every meal has a powerful impact over how we feel, think and move.
It seems obvious, then, that we should feed our children well.
However, for the past two years I have been on a committee here in Eagle County which has been working with the district in an effort to bring nutritious foods to our schools, and I can assure you, it has been a very slow road with very little progress to date.
We treasure our children, and we send them to school to learn, play and thrive. They need proper nutrition to be at their best at all times.
With childhood obesity at an all-time high and our children’s generation expected to be the first not to outlive their parents, now is the time to act and do the right thing for our children.
We must not accept the current arguments that are prohibiting change in our district that would promote good nutrition for our children.
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I am consistently hearing the message that children will not eat the healthier choices and that those choices would be too costly to implement.
Children need to be guided to proper nutrition and shown healthy models for eating and leading active lifestyles.
If we are not willing to take that on as parents and teachers, who will?
Our district is making more efforts recently to find grant money and improve the situation, but what we really need is full support from everyone in power in our district and also from our community as a whole.
We need to believe that change is within reach and necessary and that we can make it work. We have to make it happen.
Our positive attitudes and knowledge that what we put on our children’s plates really does matter will help us get there and it will make them believe it, as well.
When this happens, our children will be the real winners.