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Originally published July 13 2004

Summer camps shift to healthy foods, superior nutrition; public schools keep dragging their feet

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

All over the country, summer camps for kids are doing something smart: they're shifting to healthier menus with fresh fruits and vegetables instead of junk foods, fried foods and candy. It's all part of their effort to improve the health (and lives) of their guests while fighting obesity.

Kudos to the summer camps for paying attention to the health needs of their guests and doing something about it. Too bad our nation's public schools can't follow suit. Public schools remain a nutritional quagmire, where fast food restaurants and soft drink manufacturers are still allowed to sell foods directly to children -- IN SCHOOL!

It's time that public schools cleaned up their menus and ditched all the ingredients and foods that promote disease and obesity: white bread, soft drinks, fried foods, snack foods like potato chips, foods containing monosodium glutamate, foods made with high-fructose corn syrup, foods with added sugars or refined white flour, foods made with hydrogenated oils, and so on. Only then can public schools be appropriate environments for learning, since poor nutrition makes learning impossible (and gives kids ADHD, too).

As always, the private sector (with the summer camps) is moving quickly, while the public sector remains mired in food politics and bureaucracy that deliver no real progress.

When will our nation wake up and realize that we can't keep feeding our children disease-causing foods in our public schools?


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