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Globe Magazine readers respond to an article on school lunches and to Dave Barry’s take on 2012

LADIES WHO LUNCH

I was so excited to read Louisa Kasdon and Jody Adams’s article about “redoing’’ the school lunch program in Boston (Perspective, January 6). As a certified health coach and a mom of two young boys, I strongly believe that the food we feed our children makes a difference in every aspect of their lives. It is the fuel that allows them to grow, learn, exercise, and succeed physically and emotionally. Brookline, our school district, has made amazing strides to improve the school lunch program. But, surprisingly, they have met much resistance from students and parents alike. As parents, we need to teach our children the value and pure deliciousness of fresh, unprocessed foods. What we really need is to make healthy options as plentiful and accessible as their processed counterparts. I want to be part of the solution.

Beth Waisburd / Brookline

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Working with adolescents as a clinical nutrition research coordinator at Children’s Hospital, I have noticed that the problem is not just the food offered but the lunch schedule and some school policies banning drinks and snacks in class. Some of my patients report erratic eating schedules, due to lunch being anywhere between 10:45 and 12:30. Some may go six hours between eating anything, which certainly makes controlling portions and making healthy selections a challenge. 

Lisa Robinson / Somerville

 

As a retired registered dietitian and former school food service director, I found this article to be very vague. School meals are not miracles, but sometimes good nutrition education can be! If I can help, I would be happy to do so.

Lois Black / Peabody

 

I am a mom of a 10-year-old, and have been trying to work with our school for two years in changing the lunch menu. This article spoke volumes to the importance of raising our school lunch standards for all children. We can do better for all children as concerned parents.

Katherine Bagshaw / Boxford

LAUGHTER MEDICINE

As I tried to lift my head off the pillow with this awful flu bug, Dave Barry’s 2012 year-end piece (“WHAP!” January 6) was just what the doctor ordered. Even though I no longer bother to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, I know that, as Barry remarked, despite the fact that Dick Clark died, he’ll continue to host the special. It warms the cockles. WHAP.

Cydne Buckley / Old Orchard Beach, Maine

 COMMENTS? Write to magazine@globe.com or The Boston Globe Magazine/Letters, PO Box 55819, Boston, MA 02205-5819. Letters are subject to editing.

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