Wednesday letters: Healthier food choices much needed

08/06/2014 12:00 AM

08/05/2014 5:32 PM

New guidelines on healthier food choices for students could help children avoid the risk of a shorter life span and obesity-related health problems that are an economic burden to our state. South Carolina has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the country.

I recognize the importance of helping my children learn to choose healthier snacks, and I’m excited that our schools will continue the work that I am doing at home by offering healthy choices.

The new guidelines may require some creativity for fundraising. There are many schools in the Midlands and around the state that already use other options to raise money for their schools (options that don’t involve unhealthy foods) and have had no loss of revenue. As one example, several schools have had great success with students and staff collecting pledges for participating in an activity such as hula hooping, jumping rope or running laps.

School years are formative ones for our children, as they learn to make decisions that will last a lifetime. Count me as one mom who is cheering for success for all our children as we seek to reverse the childhood obesity rates in our state.

Meg Stanley

Columbia

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