I don't see the big deal.
I don't see the big deal.
One of my children is going on an excursion in the next couple of weeks (to a Theme park) and they are stopping at a McDonalds on the way back.
At first I was but when I thought about it a bit, I decided I was ok with it. It's a once off, and I have spent literally years guiding my kids to make good nutrition choices, and a one off visit to a fast food chain isn't going to undo that. In fact, I think it's a good thing in some ways and I am looking forward to hearing what she thinks when she gets home. She is no stranger to take away (such as Thai etc) but she hasn't been to McDonalds in years (five years we think) and she is very much a foodie (takes after her mother ), I am looking forward to her review
Loveshack, one thing that chilled me when I was studying policy was the link between junk food marketing to children and the increase in obesity and type 2 diabetes in children. The Parents Jury tries to address this stuff as well as issues in schools. Check out their website you might find some useful info there to arm yourself with for your discussion with the school.
What is your best case scenario here? What would you like to see happen?
It would annoy me. Not necessarily because I think it's going to undo any of the hard work I've done regarding healthy eating options but because we have managed to date to shelter DS from McDonalds products and marketing. I don't like McDonalds, I don't like anything it stands for. I don't like the food, I don't like the set up and as for the smell DS has no idea what a mcdonalds is and I plan on keeping that way for as long as possible. Why can't the kids take their own lunches?
"Incursions and Excursions
It is important that the foods and drinks available to children during incursions and excursions are also healthy and consistently convey good nutritional messages. This may require a little extra planning if children are being taken out of the school grounds or if external providers are bringing snacks to the school with them.
Teachers may need to discuss the school's requirements with activity providers to ensure that the healthy eating requirements are fully understood. Preparing a simple document outlining the school's nutrition policy is a useful way to convey the right information to external providers."
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