Some research suggests foods like blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, whole grains, walnuts, flaxseed and pumpkin seeds may enhance your child’s brainpower.
FOOD ALLERGY PLAN #4
Give the school contact information for your child’s doctor or allergist in case there is a bad food reaction. This doctor should be someone familiar with your student’s food allergy problem. Preferably it should not be a random walk in clinic doctor that does not know your child, but a doctor that can address the issue with school staff in case of a problem.
FOOD ALLERGY PLAN #3
Provide the school with information on what kind of treatment your student should receive in case of a food allergy reaction. For this you need to assume that your child ingested a food that they shouldn’t have. What would you want a teacher or school nurse that doesn’t know your child to do? Prepare for the worst. Food allergies are not predictable. Even if your child has had only minor reactions in the past, that doesn’t mean the next one won’t be severe.
Shands Hospital for Children at University of Florida – At least 5 fast food outlets including Wendy’s. Its patient menu includes high fat foods such as meatloaf with gravy.
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tennessee) – Has 4 fast food outlets including Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Express. Its cafeteria features high fat foods such as cheese steak wrap and chicken-fried steak with cream gravy.
St. Louis Children’s Hospital – Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) – Has 2 fast food outlets including Pizza Hut. Its patient menu has fatty foods including sausage, bacon, ham and roast beef with gravy.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – This hospital has a McDonald’s on the first floor. The patient menu features pizza and hot dogs.
Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis, Indiana) – This hospital also has a McDonald’s while it’s patient menu features sausage, bacon, and corn dogs.
Hospitals are supposed to be a place with the purpose of making people healthier. Many children’s hospital cafeterias and patient menus are dominated by foods high in fat, cholesterol, calories, sugar, and sodium. Processed meats such as bacon, sausage, and hot dogs are also common despite their established link with cancer and diabetes. In fact McDonald’s has restaurants in 27 hospitals including a children’s hospital!! How can this be? It makes you wonder if these hospitals are trying to make kids healthy or sick. Stay tuned tomorrow for a list of the top five worst children’s hospital offenders and their unhealthy menu items for sick patients.
Initial research suggests that pregnant women who eat lots of fish – especially tuna, swordfish and other fish with high mercury levels are more likely to have children with ADHD. Researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health tracked 788 Massachusetts children between 1993 and 1998. Then they had the children’s mothers keep food diaries while they were pregnant so they could see how much fish the women ate. They took hair samples from them after they gave birth so they could test their mercury levels.
Eight years later, they asked the children’s teachers if the kids exhibited ADHD-like symptoms, such as hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness. The researchers concluded that the women who had the most mercury in their hair were 60% more likely to have a child who exhibited ADHD-like behavior.
Most schools comply with the new low calorie limits (650 – 850 depending on grade level) by giving out smaller portions. Kids complain that after they eat lunch, they are not full. As a result of schools putting caloric limits on school lunches, some students have started to protest. Students in Kansas made a spoof video on YouTube called “We Are Hungry”. Many Wisconsin students boycotted school lunches and started to bring in food from home.
With a high school calorie limit of 850, they are not taking into account a student’s weight. For example an 85 lb freshman and 280 lb senior each get the same portions by law. Some students have to purchase 2 meals just to get full. To get the equivalent of the amount of lunch kids got last year, they would have to spend about $6 – $7 now.
These smaller lunch portions were created with the assumption that all students are getting a full and filling breakfast at home before school. Unfortunately in the real world this does not always happen. For some students this scaled back lunch is often the main meal they rely on to get them through the rest of the day. In fact this meal is supposed to hold athletes over until their late night dinner after sports.
In order to comply with the new forced limits on grains, protein, sodium and fats; schools have begun to act silly. For example Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington, MA has removed its SALAD BAR!!! One would assume that salad is healthy however not the government. Being afraid that the school could not control the portions of protein or grains the students would take out of the salad bar, they decided to remove it all together. In Shrewsbury, MA they decided croutons on a salad added too much grains to the meal so they banned them. Also on the Shrewsbury hit list and now banned from their salad bar are hard-boiled eggs and turkey slices because the nanny state can not regulate how much protein one will take. Whole-wheat pasta salad is also a no-no because the nanny state says that kids may get too many grains. After all of this Shrewsbury silliness, the school system brought in $10,000 less in September 2012 lunch sales than in the same month 2011.
After the new federal rules designed to help kids eat healthier, some schools are reporting fewer kids are buying lunch. The new rules limit the amount of grains, protein, sodium and saturated fat that school lunches subsidized by the US Department of Agriculture may contain. Trans fats are banned and calories per meal are capped. Many students have been upset with smaller portions. For example in Brookline, MA, students have been upset with smaller less filling bagels due to these rules. They report that across the school system about 30% of Brookline students buy lunch, down from 35% last year. This is a drop of 5%. Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington, MA reports a drop of 35% fewer students buying lunch this year since the new regulations went into affect.
Stay tuned here for hilarious yet frustrating stories of how schools are banning certain foods one would consider to be healthy, simply to comply with these new regulations dictated to them by the government. Also we will report on clever ways students are taking matters into their own hands to fight back against the nanny state.