What nerdy person who also happens to chronicle their running adventures doesn't like playing with numbers? NOTE: I am pretty sure I am surrendering some of my HIPAA rights by posting my numbers, but obviously because I feel pretty confident that I am healthy by all normal standards. An interesting article in the Vancouver Sun last Monday raises the question, “Are we winning the junk food war?” It cites the long battle to remove junk food vending machines from schools and outlines various programs implemented in BC schools that promote healthy eating and living. I was pleasantly surprised to see just how many laudable health initiatives there are for our children. Having read these admirable initiatives and seeing just how many programs we have in place to help our children develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, it makes me wonder if we shouldn’t go one step further and follow the lead of James S. We all want the best for our children; however, somewhere between that thought and the practical delivery of feeding our kids, the outcome does not always reflect the intent. This may be due to time, money, or the murky practice of “health labels” on what is clearly junk food. Many parents feed their kids exceptionally well; however, with the proliferation of “treat occasions” it can be difficult keeping junk food at bay.
If the idea of banning or putting some regulations on junk food at school gains momentum, a few obstacles would need to be ironed out, in particular, defining what constitutes “junk food” and, secondly, policing the policy.

While I’m not convinced a ban on junk food in schools will solve all our health problems, I do like the idea of forming some policy or guidelines as to what children should be eating at school. Ideally, both the students and the parents should be involved in developing and drafting any “junk food policy” around packed lunches. It may be that taking a more advisory approach over an authoritarian ban would be more popular with parents and students alike.  For example, using a traffic light system as general guidance and encouragement for healthy eating, yet without the policing. Having the students participate in what foods fall under what category would be integral to its success, as the students will end up policing the parents as they pack the lunch in the morning.
The question is, will the rest of Canada follow the trailblazing parents of James S Bell Middle School and ban, limit or advise against junk food in the classroom?
3. Mahoney ,Taylor, Kanarek, Samuel, Effect of breakfast composition on cognitive processes in elementary school children.
At our school, kids are not allowed to bring junk food to school, I am not sure what they classify as junk food, and the classes do a special bday celebration and ask parents not to send any cakes or cupcakes etc alont.
The author holds the view that food in schools is much better now than it used to be partly due to some of these initiatives.
Some may simply not realize the deleterious effects of trans fats, excess sugar and sodium on their children’s health.

Between hotdog days, Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter and end of school parties plus the latest trend of bringing sweets for every student in the class on your child’s birthday, a “treat”, defined as “an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure”, is no longer a treat.
There are exceptions for special occasions, like a Christmas party.  They also take a soft approach to policing and simply request that the child take home any offending items. Getting the children and teens input would encourage them to be proactive in issues involving their own health and would likely improve compliance. Will students munching on McDonalds take-out and Wagon Wheels become a relic of the past just like lighting a cigarette at the office or on a plane? The effect of beverages varying in glycaemic load on postprandial glucose responses, appetite and cognition in 10-12-year-old school children. J Nutr. CSH is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way.

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