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I know something that I would take back to my personal families.
I have two nephews, both under the age of four, and I know that they're both in daycare.
I don't know what daycare they're in, but after sitting and watching all the different daycares
and seeing what kind of foods they serve and which daycares typically serve what type of foods,
it kind of makes me want to go call my sister and ask, "What daycare is it, what daycare are they in,
what are they being served, do they have toys outside,
do they get to run around, how long do they get to go outside for?"
I didn't realize that the variability between daycares was so different.
I would assume that serving healthy food to children would be pretty obvious to me,
but then you go to some places and this (the food) is like sugar, pure sugar,
and high fat foods. I guess it just made me think that
you should really pay attention to things like that.
Monitoring what schools and preschools feed their children, and with the research through
STRONG KIds and other avenues of obesity that were looked into.
The cheaper foods are usually bad foods.
They're fried, like chicken nuggets and french fries. French fries count as vegetables,
which doesn't really make sense, and schools will try to put together a meal
that is reimbursed by the government for the cheapest that they can,
and that's not keeping in mind the kids' nutrition. That can affect their academic performance,
that can affect a lot of other things including their health.
So I think there needs to be more specific regulations on the fact that (the kids) need
to be getting fresh fruits and vegetables, less sugar, and less fats.
If the kids are hungry, and that's all they have to choose from, they're going to eat it.
If you put out both options, obviously they're going to choose what they're used to,
but if you regulate that, and also allow the government to reimburse
foods like that, and not these other foods that are really harming the children.
I think just in terms of school, I think that's a really big issue because
I think I learned how much time kids spend in school
and how much they eat in school too because there's a lunch, and a lot of times there's a snack.
Actually through the middle of the year, they changed their snacks.
It used to be cookies and all these Nutri-Grain bars, but now it's fruits, vegetables.
They didn't eat it at first, the kids were totally against it, but now, that's what they have.
They're hungry, they're eating it. I don't know where that change came from,
but I'm sure it was from some type of higher up thinking that we can't be feeding
them constantly whatever they want.
They're going to eat a banana if it's always there and they're hungry. So it works!