Is Sarah Palin's Pro-Cookie Protest Appropriate?Posted on Dec 8th 2010 10:00AM by Hilary Walke
Sarah Palin has been outright protesting Pennsylvania's efforts to get students to eat healthier, which would "limit the amount of sweets in classroom parties and reduce the number of holiday and birthday celebrations," according to ABC News.
In response to Pennsylvania's proposals, Palin brought hundreds of cookies to a Bucks County school fundraiser to make her point.
AP / Ralph Freso
When it comes down to it, this is only one of many examples of the government striving to improve healthy eating within schools. Michelle Obama has strongly attempted to combat childhood obesity by installing salad bars and exercise programs in schools.
This topic has become an intense debate among our users. Find out how they feel about the government's efforts to control America's schools.
Sarah Palin needs to try to run her own family and leave the country alone!
Interesting that the same government that wants to tell parents they can't bring cookies to school lets people use federal money in the form of food stamps to purchase cookies pop and chips. When the government changes the food stamp program to exclude junk foods then maybe I will take their dedication to fighting obesity seriously.
The government probably wouldn't need to intervene if parents were doing their job to keep their kids healthy and active in the first place. Aside from that, Palin should get off her soapbox considering she has no relation to the government or people of the state of Pennsylvania.
(Sigh) has anyone seen what many districts are feeding kids? I remember fighting the battle to get healthier choices when my 31 and 29 year old daughters were in school, and it isn't much better now. Let's use some common sense here--lunch at school is something out of the parents' control, and it just makes sense to have healthier options out there. Yes, you can educate your children to make sensible decisions, but if that were all that were necessary, I bet Bristol Palin wouldn't have even given Levi what's-his-face the time of day in the first place, let alone what all came afterward.
Training begins in the home. It's the parents responsibility to make sure that takes place.
I think it is a difference in perspective. She is from and has lived her entire life in a rural area where most famlies are active and therefore more fit. She does not have a perspective on more urban enviroments where that may not be possible. Having said that, I feel that childhood obesity is EVERYONE'S problem... the parents, the community and the government.
Let's fill the kids with sugar cookies. Very mature behavior. Sarah Palin scares me!
Well, unfortunately, schools are FUNDED by government funding. I know because I worked for a local Board of Ed for 6 years. So, they have to kind of kiss A** to keep that funding. I don't agree with the way it is done. My personal opinion is that PUBLIC schools are crap. They've been compromised by greed and ineptitude and control freaks.
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