OUR VIEW: ‘Not enough time’ is a lousy excuse
First, let’s get one thing straight. Parenting is the toughest job in the world. It requires 24/7 vigilance until the child reaches 18 and sometimes far beyond.
Second, we’re happy that local school districts are benefitting from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Congress passed in 2010. Some families are struggling. They are at or near the poverty line and have trouble putting healthy food in the refrigerator. Kids learn better when they go to class powered by a healthy meal.
What we object to is the idea that there is not enough time for parents to provide their kids with a healthy breakfast. The “not enough time” argument needs to be scuttled. There is always enough time. It’s just how people choose to use that time.
Healthy eating needs to be a priority. Parenting, as mentioned earlier, is a tough job. Perhaps families need to get up a few minutes earlier to make time.
Healthy eating does not require a lot of time or a lot of expense. It can be argued that healthy eating costs less than unhealthy eating, what with the resulting health care costs associated with the standard American diet, with its propensity for fast food and packaged food with too much salt, fat and sugar.
Healthy eating does not require a sit-down “Leave It to Beaver” three-course meal whipped up in half an hour by an apron-wearing cook in the kitchen. But it does require healthy choices, some of which are a lot quicker than others.
A search of the Web reveals hundreds of ideas for quick, healthy breakfasts, and also the notion that some people’s definition of quick is a lot different than other people’s definition. Some of these meals, though, can be whipped up in five minutes or less. Pick a few to be go-to meals.
We’re happy some students are getting free healthy and nutritious breakfasts and lunches. But we don’t buy the argument that there’s not enough time for breakfast at home. Make time. Make healthy eating a priority. You and your doctor will be glad you did.