Over the course of a few weeks’ time, I’ve been able to visit Abraham Lincoln High school’s campus and observe the health practices when it comes to the behavior that students and adults show towards the matter.
So far the campus have no visible printed posters or bulletins which advertises or reminds students, teachers, or members of the school to stay physically and/or mentally in shape, nor does the campus share any explicit public depiction printed reminders on nutritional food value or any physically printed health related ads, which makes me question whether this school offers any health courses or workshops that help inform its students and school members to become aware of their current health status and/or any required relations to public health policies.
The school, however, does show signs in the full participation in banning vending snack machines that used to sell potato chips, cookies, soda and candy, all of which contains high saturated fats, high salt and sugar levels, and other unnatural process chemicals because their replacements are trail mixes, low salted peanuts, baked chips, bottle water or low sugar bottle fruit juices and low sodium and sugar crackers. The prohibition of unhealthy vending machines has been implemented since 2005 according to a teacher whom I have spoken to during a classroom visit.
Although the prohibition is implemented on junk food, there are students on campus who still occasionally will take out a bag of chips, a few pieces of candy, or a bottle of soda from their backpacks or will be seen sharing them with their friends. The implication of seeing students taking out junk food from their backpacks mean they have simply purchased and have brought it with them from outside the campus. It would be a danger, however, to simply blame retail stores or markets, which most of them are located close by the campus, because of their accessibility to provide students with their so-called junk food delights. The critical problem that is presented here is students who choose to consume unhealthy snacks arrives from the result of a lack of a decent nutrition education course or a workshop that focuses on the effects food have on the health of a human body. When there is no guidance or an aid of accessible information about nutrition, it is no surprise that students and even adults will make poor choices when it comes to selecting valuable food quality.
On the other hand, the school’s current prohibition on junk food is not necessarily the best solution in helping students make better choices in nutritional food because it simply forces students to eat a diet their mind and body may refuse to adapt easily into and it also oppresses the student’s psychological development since the prohibition reduces and limits their choices to a specific range of food selection, and which results to the behavior and perhaps an explanation of why students decide to rebel and bring junk food on campus. I think if the campus wants to become a complete junk food free community, if that is the objective, then the school would need to simply have a relaxed policy on junk food and provide simple printed health reminders that one’s health quality is determined by the choices and actions and food one takes in during one’s lifetime – something simple like that will perhaps make a better impact on the choices students make rather than to enforce it upon them. And furthermore students will benefit more from having nutrition or health teachers who will take the time and make the effort to hold brief workshops or weekly courses which specifically focuses on the variety of different key health related subjects like learning how to eat proportional size meals, developing good physical exercise habits, balancing one’s inner and outer relationship attitude towards work and personal tasks and habits – to name a few health related objectives – would definitely be worth an investment for this school to make if it wants to further improve the physical and psychological health awareness of students and adults who lives and works within the school’s community.
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