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Philadelphia public schools: healthy drink and condoms

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The Food Trust notes various recommendations that they are making with regards to the school district of Philadelphia’s beverage policy such as limiting beverage product lines with regards to artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, colors, etc.

It also recommends drinking water “with no additives except those minerals normally added to tap water,” milk, a list of “Allowable sweeteners,” caffeinated beverages, fruit based drinks, etc.

The bottom line is a good one as the concern is to guide children towards healthier choices.

The information within The Food Trust’s Healthy Food for Healthy Kids elucidates that the School District of Philadelphia “is proposing to sign a contract with soda companies to significantly increase the number of vending machines selling beverages in schools.”

They note the following:

• One extra soda a day increases a child's chance of becoming obese by 60 percent.

• The average teenager consumes 15 to 20 teaspoons a day of added sugar from soda.

• Teens drink twice as much soda as milk, which may lead to weak bones later in life.

• Reducing soda consumption in children may prevent obesity and associated health problems.

But the revamping of Philadelphia’s public school vending machines is not limited to changing sodas for water, milk and juice but now, as reported by The Daily Mail (Hayley Peterson, December 25, 2012 AD) condom dispensers are to be installed in 22 Philadelphia public schools:

The city is installing the clear plastic dispensers in nurses' offices at 22 high schools that have some of the highest reported rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the area.

The dispensers are part of a pilot program that has sparked outrage among some parents in Philadelphia, who worry that free condoms will encourage their teens to engage in sex…

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter…'Discussion about whether or not they should be sexually active is an appropriate discussion, but if they are, then we need to make sure they're engaged in safe sexual practices.'

Since when are public schools charged with providing the means whereby children can have sex? And do they have discussions beyond, that is, how to put on a condom? Do sex at will and abstinence get equal and fair hearings within public schools?:

The dispensers will now make the condoms available to all students, whether or not their schools have full-time nurses.

Parents can opt their child out of the program by writing a letter to the school, but nurses are not required to maintain a list of which students are permitted to pick up condoms.

'Opt-out letters are to be maintained by the school office,' Assistant Superintendent Dennis W. Creedon wrote in a letter to school health officials. 'Students are to honor the wishes of their parents. If a student disrespects their guardian's directive, that is an issue of the home.'

Here is a notice to Assistant Superintendent Dennis W. Creedon; if students honored the wishes of their parents they would not be having sex!!!:

About 400 public schools in the U.S. make condoms available to students, according to the Advocates for Youth National School Condom Availability Clearinghouse, a group dedicated to making condoms more accessible to young people…[some] through dispensers.

Thus, reason 9,334,176 for home schooling your kids rears its ugly head.

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