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Sale of junk food in schools sets double standard

Robin Belanger

If the health and nutrition curriculum teaches children that junk food is bad for them, what are students to think when it's readily available in the hallway to make money for the school? This is the worst double standard conceivable—it sets up a trust for bad food and a distrust for nutritional guidelines taught in class.

What a strange race we are, we take our children and expose them to the very things that we know will harm them. Do our politicians know what "junk" means? Maybe with your help we can enlighten them.

Multinationals make millions every year from the sale of junk food. These corporations do not want people to know about the ill-effects of improper nutrition. Their motives are obvious, but what are the motives of tax-funded schools that allow the sale of candy, soft drinks and sugared juice drinks? It's much easier to go with the flow than to swim upstream to the source, and if you want to teach your children the truth about their bodies' requirements that means sacrifice. How many of you would give up your burgers, french fries, pop, chocolate and cigarettes for the sake of your children's nutritional education? How many of you are willing to tell your children the truth about their health and how they are affected by their choices of food?

Mr. Belanger is a parent representative on the Onoway School Council, Onoway.

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