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With the new school year upon us, parents turn their attention to school clothes, school supplies and school food. Yes, school food!

In the United States, more than 31 million children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition, which too often consists of highly processed food laden with saturated fat. Not surprisingly, one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

To compound the problem, the Trump administration has loosened Obama’s 2010 school lunch rules that call for whole grains, fat-free milk and reduced salt content. The rules enjoyed an 86 percent approval rating.

Fortunately, many U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools — including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia and San Diego — have implemented Meatless Monday.

As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our local schools. Entering “vegan options in schools” in a search engine provides lots of useful resources.

Luther Innman

Garden City

Posted 12:00 am, September 3, 2017
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not my job from queens says:
It is not the job of the school system to feed children. That is the job of their parents. The schools are there to educate. Food, clothing and shelter are the responsibility of the parents. Grow up.
Sept. 3, 2017, 10:18 am
Clean it Up from Queens says:
PARENTS: You choose to have kids (and some of you have several with different fathers), then YOU are responsible for them and that includes feeding them and not feeding them Cheetos and soda like you see so many parents do on the subway.

FEED your kids the right foods and they would not be fat slobs who cannot even walk right.

OTHERWISE, don't have kids, the world is already overpopulated and especially with low-class misbehaving kids to begin with.
Sept. 6, 2017, 3:09 pm

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