Do you let kids have snacks with all the overweight kids?

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  1. Hamster

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    Every time I turn on the news, they talk about how overweight kids are these days. My daughter (9) had a swimming party and about 80% (no joke) were very heavy for their age. I'm not doing snack time this year. We didn't have it growing up and we survived.
     
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    We have a half hour morning recess and the students have snack (brought from home) then. Our mornings are long--4 hours from the start of the day until lunch time and my students really do need something to eat during that time. Promoting a healthy lifestyle is also a provincial and board wide focus. Our students have mandated physical activity (in class, outside of Phys Ed and recess) every day and each classroom receives a bin of fresh, seasonal fruit for the students to have each week.
     
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    I didn't do snack last year, because I felt our lunch fell at a pretty decent time during the day. However, I am reconsidering for this year (especially since I will need to snack on something healthy during the day), I would rather let my students have a healthy snack during the day, than to have them stuffing their faces on junk in the cafeteria.

    I taught a remediation class after school for 8 weeks. We encouraged the kids to bring healthy snacks. We had a few kids who tried bringing candy and chips and things. We sent a letter home about what we felt HEALTHY was and things improved after that.

    It is not a bad thing to eat light snacks...in fact, it is supposed to rev up metabolism. I think if a teacher or school outlines what is acceptable, then kids will eat healthy.
     
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    could you regulate what they bring (only fruits and veggies)?
     
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    We wil have snack, but I mandate a healthy snack. No chips, cookies, cake, brownies, etc.
     
  7. Hamster

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    I'm going to be a hard nose. Our cafeteria doesn't sell any snacks at all. I see them throw their apples away not touched and it makes me mad. I'll tell them to be sure to eat their entire lunch. Like I said, we all survived without a snack except in kindergarten.
     
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    We have snack during reading centers, yet it's a mandated healthy snack. Last year, though, it was harder because some kids would bring in different kinds of snacks that weren't what I desired. I think having a good apple, other vegetables, or decent crackers isn't so bad.
     
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    A healthy snack can be better than no snack at all. I know that when I go for several hours without a little something I tend to be ravenous at my next meal. It's better for me to munch on something small in the mid-morning so that I don't eat as much at lunch and end up with a stomach ache. I imagine that little kids with their faster metabolism aren't much different from me in this regard.
     
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    I believe the kids feel better and put a better effort into what they do if they eat something small and healthy during the morning. It's never great hearing complaints- but they know I am firm with certain things and it's a privilege to eat healthy and feel "ready to go". :)
     

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