Legislating School Meals - Is This a Good Choice?
Shoppers and Trends
March 28, 2010
Now, I cannot think of one person that would object to ensuring that all of our children have access to healthy and nutritious meals. And, I applaud the First Lady for her leadership to combat childhood obesity. But there is a great deal of discussion in Congress regarding legislating what should be on our school menus and in the vending machines.
Instead of legislating what food should or should not be provided in our schools, more effort and more resources should be provided toward education for the children and their parents. Moreover, individual responsibility is an important value for school kids to develop. Their health is their number one asset, and they should learn that at an early age. Learning to take care of one’s self at a very young age is a significant educational accomplishment.
I have read article after article demonizing certain foods and beverages. Who should decide and then where does that lead? Will we start legislating what food is sold in restaurants, supermarkets and ultimately what you eat in your own home?