by Peter Grady –
A pre-school in North Carolina has created a stir around the country after it was reported that officials forced a child to eat a school lunch and billed the parent because her lunch brought from home did not meet school standards for nutrition.
The incident happened at the West Hoke Elementary school in Raeford. According to the North Carolina Journal, the four year old student’s mother, who wants to remain anonymous, had prepared a lunch for her daughter consisting of a turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, apple juice and potato chips.
The mother said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” to school would be offered the missing portions and parents would be charged for the lunch.
North Carolina’s statute says that, “When children bring their own food for meals and snacks to the center, if the food does not meet the specified nutritional requirements, the center must provide additional food necessary to meet those requirements.”
When the story broke it quickly went viral and assumed the lead position on the Drudge Report
During Tuesday’s show Rush Limbaugh commented on the story saying the actions by the school were in keeping in line with Michelle Obama’s attempts to force schools and companies into offering healthier eating choices.
“Do you believe this? I do! The food Nazis — and, by the way, this is Michelle (My Belle)’s program: No Child’s Behind Left Alone. Folks, what is going on here? What is wrong with a turkey sandwich and a banana?”
While officials have said they are investigating the incident, the action by the school appears to be part of a growing trend by government officials forcing healthier choices on people.
At a recent visit to Little Rock Air Force Base, Michelle Obama announced a new program to provide healthier choices to military personnel where they were given a meal consisting of salad greens, broccoli and whole grains.
Michelle told the airmen, “Thank you for eating your vegetables, we need you strong.”
As part of the implementation of Obamacare, the President signed an executive order in 2010 calling for “behavior modification” of all citizens.
The executive order called for the creation of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council which was tasked with providing recommendations to Congress on how to achieve health promotion and public health goals, including the reduction of tobacco use, sedentary behavior, and poor nutrition.
The order called for a report is to contain a list of what are deemed national priorities on health promotion to address “lifestyle behavior modification” to include among other things, appropriate exercise and proper nutrition.
Greeley/Evans schools have also been making the transition to healthier food items on the menu. The district recently sent out a newsletter telling parents the schools are now considered to be “soda free zones” at the elementary and middle school level.
Legislators in Denver have also proposed a bill that would completely eliminate trans-fats at all school cafeterias, school stores, vending machines and classroom activities. If passed the bill would be the strictest in the nation.