I have a goal this year. Last year I had the same goal but I encountered resistance and basically took no for an answer. NOT THIS YEAR!
This year I plan to make it a priority to get processed meat out of school fundraisers and stop schools from participating in selling processed meat to kids.
That’s my mission. It wont be easy. I already tried explaining to the school division who passed it to the principle, who passed it to the parent committee who passed it off to individual parent choice. The problem for me is that we look at schools as a place of education, this is a place that is supposed to be setting our kids up for making great future choices. As parents we don’t know or remember everything that school teaches our children. Teachers are always learning new ways to teach our kids, better methods and more current information. So for a school to take a backseat to something as important as nutrition and sell kids a class 1 carcinogen that causes cancer is 100% unacceptable in my books!
Every 50 gram serving of processed meat increases cancer risk by 18%… 1 typical hot dog that you would see at kids birthday party or school hot lunch is 75 grams.
Schools need to know better, do better and be on the side of educating and encouraging the parents to do better. This is not a place for ambivalence. These are our kids lives.
Take a moment to remember that doctors used to smoke in hospitals, in fact in the 1930’s – 1950’s doctors even promoted “healthy cigarette brands” and prescribed the use of cigarettes to their patients….sounds ridiculous to us now.
Take a look at your school aged child, in 50 years they will be telling stories about how schools used to sell them ham and cheese subs, pepperoni pizza and how they could buy hot dogs from the school lunch program or at school celebrations….and it will sound ridiculous.
Despite great marketing attempts at making these products sounds healthy, these are all examples of carcinogenic processed meat.