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Safe & Healthy Learning for All! - Food Free Classrooms

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Food celebrations in school are becoming more and more dangerous to children. With the increasing obesity rate, juvenile onset type 2 diabetes, life threatening food allergies, celiac disease and other food disorders it is too much for teachers to manage in addition to their educational responsibilities. To expect them to be a nutritionist in addiiton to managing a clssroom is unfair and disruptive to the educational process. Not to mention by enlisting help of other parents to manage these celebrations based on the nutritional needs of the children affected by health conditions then places the school at risk of breaching confidentiality in regards to the medical conditions of other children. The numbers of children suffering from these disorders continues to increase rapidly. Having holiday parties and celebrations which are in essence snack parties consisting of things like candy, fattening cupcakes, cookies and the like encourage obesity, discourage healthy lifestyles and put children with food allergic disorders at risk for anaphylaxis unnecessarily. Classrooms are for learning not eating! Food belongs in the cafeteria.

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