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November 10, 2010

Sarah Palin vs. Pennsylvania school system: should sweets be banned from schools?

sarah palin sweetsSarah Palin shook things up this week during a speech to Pennyslvania students as she entered the debate about how involved schools should be in kids food choices.

The former Alaska governor thinks not at all. And she brought cookies to prove her point.

The Pennsylvania school system is looking at whether to ban sweets in public schools in an effort to help kids eat better and fight the problem of childhood obesity. Palin denounced the idea during her speech describing it as unwarranted government intervention.

She brought the students she was speaking to cookies and said she wanted to "shake things up," according to a CNN story.

"I wanted these kids to bring home the idea to their parents for discussion," she said. "Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents." 

She also took the issue up on Twitter.  Before meeting with the students, Palin tweeted, "2 PA school speech; I'll intro kids 2 beauty of laissez-faire via serving them cookies amidst school cookie ban debate;Nanny state run amok!"

So is Palin right? Does the job of deciding kids' food choices fall in the hands of parents? Or should schools play a part as well. Take our poll and tell us what you think.

 

Posted by Andrea Walker at 11:49 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Diet and exercise
        

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PALIN IS AN IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Palin might be an idiot, but even idiots are right now and again.

I've -always- advocated that while schools do have the right to exercise some control in loco parentis... I -am- still my child's parent. Final responsibility does lie with me as to what my child eats or does not eat. It's not the school's right to decide what my child is eating.

so, let me get this straight, its the gov job to say what ur child will learn, how they will dress, how long they will stay in school, etc etc, but to decide to ban sweets from the school got folks hoping mad?? as a parent, you cant send ur child to school dressed how u want, talking anyway u want, awww.. skip it.. if they applaud palin for that.. they automatically hate the government...

First of all, schools have been deciding what kids eat well before people started making a fuss about the healthy eating push. And that choice has been uniformly garbage for a long time. Making school food healthier doesn't represent any increase in control.

Second, the story about the proposed "ban" is the result of a blog game of telephone and actually not true. Said school is trying to introduce healthy foods. Unsurprising, someone along the line decided to reword that a bit.

Palin, Is RIGHT ON WITH HER POINT.......when I was growing up, my PARENTS dictated what I ate at school, not some GOVERNMENT run group. You know WESLEY, if we depend on people like you....the Government will soon be telling us what color of underwear to put on each day....but FOR YOU they will give you ones that have DAYS OF THE WEEK stitched on them, since it is obvious that you can't do it for yourself! COME ON AMERICANS -"GET A GRIP" while you still can!

In 2009, Sarah Palin was FOR healthy eating before she was AGAINST it in Pennsylvania this week - and, she was FOR GOVERNMENT SETTING POLICY for helping people protect good health:

As Governor of the state of Alaska, her "State of the Union" address on January 22, 2009:

"... we have alarming levels of heart disease, diabetes, CHILDHOOD OBESITY – and all of these maladies are on the rise. Now, I won’t stand here and lecture – for very long – but health care reform on an individual basis is often just this simple: we could save a lot of money, and a lot of grief, by making smarter choices.

It starts by ending destructive habits, and beginning HEALTHY HABITS IN EATING and exercise. In my case, it’s hard to slack when you have the ever-present example of an Iron Dogger nearby. But many of us could use a little more time in our great outdoors – and when you live in the Great Land, there’s no excuse.

Protecting good health is largely a matter of personal responsibility, BUT GOVERNMENT POLICY CAN HELP. Our NEW ALASKA HEALTH CARE COMMISSION will recommend changes that affect the well-being of Alaskans far into the future."

The quote is 2/3 of the way down the page in text from her speech:

http://community.adn.com/adn/node/137075#ixzz14usMRaIw

Wait a minute... the "New" Alaska Health Care Commission? You mean $arah EXPANDED government too?

In Sarah Palin’s own words, the following shows that she used to ENCOURAGE government-funded obesity prevention programs for children. Of course, that was before she came to Pennsylvania to say the opposite.

The Alaska Daily News on December 5, 2008, reported:

“Gov. Sarah Palin is calling for more state spending on children's health insurance, preschool and other programs, even as Alaska oil prices and state revenues plunge.

“Cash flow into the state is shrinking as oil prices drop below $40 a barrel, the lowest level in nearly four years. Most state general fund money comes from taxes and royalties the state makes from oil. But Palin said the state can afford more than $5 million in new spending on areas like Head Start, obesity prevention, a test program of half-day preschool, and expanded Denali KidCare insurance.”

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Then, in her 2009 State of the State address, Palin declared:

“We have alarming levels of heart disease, diabetes, childhood obesity – and all of these maladies are on the rise. Now, I won’t stand here and lecture – for very long – but health care reform on an individual basis is often just this simple: we could save a lot of money, and a lot of grief, by making smarter choices.

“It starts by ending destructive habits, and beginning healthy habits in eating and exercise. In my case, it’s hard to slack when you have the ever-present example of an Iron Dogger nearby. But many of us could use a little more time in our great outdoors – and when you live in the Great Land, there’s no excuse.

“Protecting good health is largely a matter of personal responsibility, but government policy can help. Our new Alaska Health Care Commission will recommend changes that affect the well-being of Alaskans far into the future.”

Please hold her accountable for her words.

You can find more information at the following blog:
http://palingates.blogspot.com/2010/11/sarah-palin-aims-to-sabotage-childrens.html

I actually agree with Sarah Palin here. The schools shouldn't be telling the kids what to eat because it shouldn't be their responsibility to feed them, or have little cupcake parties for them on every holiday and birthday. You want to have control over what your kids eat, then pack their freaking lunch every day and let us do what we do best - teaching, not policing their nutrition. Close the cafeterias and let us use the budget for supplies. What? You don't have time or money to pack your kids lunch in the morning? Then shut the hell up about what we feed them - GOD FORBID it's healthy and not the 10 for $10 Hamburger Helper with 75/25 ground chuck and Little Debbies you are feeding them at home. Ok, so maybe we don't agree...

Also, why the hell is she even commenting on this in PA. She doesn't live here and she is not a politician. And why is she speaking at a school TO STUDENTS. We get bent out of shape when Obama gives a totally unbiased welcome back to school speech, but we are going to let someone with absolutely no public office go politicking around the schools, getting on her soap box TO THE KIDS, and that's ok?? I am sorry, but this has really got me worked up this morning.

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About Picture of Health
Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.
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