MANITOBA, Canada (CBSDC/AP) – A Canadian woman was fined $10 by a local day care for sending her children to school with what they considered to be an unbalanced lunch.
According to Metro News, local mother Kristen Bartkiw packed roast beef, carrots and potatoes for her 5- and 3-year-old children to eat for lunch, along with an orange and some milk.
Since the meal did not include a source of grain, however, it was deemed unsuitable. To correct the deficiency, the meal was supplemented with Ritz Crackers.
The 33-year-old mother told Metro News that she was ultimately not charged, after discussing with day care supervisors the presence of potatoes as a starch element in the meal.
“They have certain legislation that they have in place where you have to follow these food groups, but it doesn’t matter how processed the foods are or if they’re junk food … so Ritz crackers count as a grain,” Bartkiw was quoted as saying. “[I]t was just the principle of the thing, that it was not considered a healthy lunch that I found ridiculous.”
In America, first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program also attempts to influence the dietary habits of children in order to reverse the trend of obesity in children and teenagers.
Sam Kass, a White House chef and head of the Let’s Move program, stressed the role of schools in combating childhood obesity in America during a speech to the annual American Heart Association conference on Monday.
“We are currently facing the most sedentary generation of children in our history,” Kass said.
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