View Poll Results: Do parents already know what's healthy in terms of nutrition and exercise?

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    Do parents know what good nutrition is?

    Michelle Obama recently said:

    Letís Move! is not about having government telling people what to do, because government doesnít have all the answers. I mean, a problem thatís this big and affects so many people requires everyone to step up. So weíre asking everyone to do their part. Parents have to make some changes at home, but they need the information to be able to make those choices.
    Do we need to spend money teaching parents about healthy eating and exercise habits? Or do you believe most parents already know this (even if they don't encourage a healthy diet/exercise routine for their children)?


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    Re: Do parents know what good nutrition is?

    Since it has been so long since I was in school (high school), I don't know what kids are being taught nowadays regarding nutrition. It used to be very basic information, and everyone was exposed to it. Whether or not they actually listened and retained the information is another matter altogether.

    As for spending money for teaching parents, no, not at the governmental level. This is information which is easily accessible in this age and time.
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    Re: Do parents know what good nutrition is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Michelle Obama recently said:

    Do we need to spend money teaching parents about healthy eating and exercise habits? Or do you believe most parents already know this (even if they don't encourage a healthy diet/exercise routine for their children)?
    Wellllllll, seems to me a monthly flyer sent home that said something like:

    Try to limit processed foods like Mac & Cheese, Chef BoyRDe Ravioli, Hamburger Helper.
    Limit beef to twice a week.
    Eat fish/pork/chicken/eggs the other five.
    And broil it -- don't fry it!
    Lay off/drastically limit fast food.
    Cut back on sugar and starches.
    Eat three servings of veggies every day.
    Cut way back on pop and drink plenty of water.

    ...would pretty much sum it up. That'll be $10,000 a year for those flyers, by the way.
    Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit.
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    Re: Do parents know what good nutrition is?

    I think most everyone knows the basics of nutrition and exercise. It's a waste of money to teach what is already known.


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    Re: Do parents know what good nutrition is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Michelle Obama recently said:



    Do we need to spend money teaching parents about healthy eating and exercise habits? Or do you believe most parents already know this (even if they don't encourage a healthy diet/exercise routine for their children)?
    I think most people are ignorant on what's healthy as far as diet. I go to Walmart and see people's baskets mounded up with the highest fat foods in the store, and maybe a little bit of the other stuff, the low or non-fat foods with that contain stuff like fiber. And the people get bigger and bigger.
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    Re: Do parents know what good nutrition is?

    Quote Originally Posted by tryreading View Post
    I think most people are ignorant on what's healthy as far as diet. I go to Walmart and see people's baskets mounded up with the highest fat foods in the store, and maybe a little bit of the other stuff, the low or non-fat foods with that contain stuff like fiber. And the people get bigger and bigger.
    You're assuming that they think what's in their cart is healthy.


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    Re: Do parents know what good nutrition is?

    Its effectiveness nationally would likely be evaluated by social scientists as negligible at best. That being said, modest sums for good causes is a public relations front that I would support.
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    Re: Do parents know what good nutrition is?

    How many millions (billions?) have we spent on the Food Pyramids and nutrition education in schools? We're still a nation full of lazy, fat people. Obviously it's not education that's the problem, but motivation.


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    Re: Do parents know what good nutrition is?

    Quote Originally Posted by tryreading View Post
    I think most people are ignorant on what's healthy as far as diet. I go to Walmart and see people's baskets mounded up with the highest fat foods in the store, and maybe a little bit of the other stuff, the low or non-fat foods with that contain stuff like fiber. And the people get bigger and bigger.
    My guess is that they aren't ignorant, but rather just want to each junk.
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    Re: Do parents know what good nutrition is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    How many millions (billions?) have we spent on the Food Pyramids and nutrition education in schools? We're still a nation full of lazy, fat people. Obviously it's not education that's the problem, but motivation.
    I would generally agree. That being said, I like my government PR campaigns.
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