I could not disagree more with Anne Marie Green’s Oct. 1 guest column, “Save our fundraisers,” particularly with the reasoning “I don't believe that selling students an occasional doughnut or candy bar will affect our state’s obesity rate.”
Adults need to be walking the walk regarding healthy foods and healthy choices, particularly in schools, where we are setting standards and modeling what we want our children to be, and particularly in South Carolina, where the obesity rate is one of the highest in the nation.
There is a big difference in a breakfast biscuit versus doughnuts, candy bars and cookie dough. All are high in saturated fat, but the doughnuts have, on average, 25 percent less protein and 300 percent to 500 percent more sugar. Additionally, the biscuits are not being sold door to door to the community at large, by the students, as representatives of the schools, as are the doughnuts. Big difference!
There are many creative options for fundraising that can be explored with a simple internet search.
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Please do not compromise our fight against obesity and toward healthy habits, or allow the schools to teach our children double standards.