To the editor:

Did you ever think about if your kids eat their food at school?

One day, while visiting my daughter for lunch at her school, I noticed many children were throwing their food away. Some of them didn’t even try it. I was sad to see all that wasted food. Last year, the Kodiak Island Borough School District spent $771,441 to feed students in the district, including all seven villages. And from what I’ve seen now every day, about one-fourth is wasted.

This whole time as a parent, I thought that our kids were eating the healthy food provided by KIBSD, which fulfills federal nutrition standards. However, why are we concerned about growing childhood obesity in U.S. if the lunches and breakfasts served at school are healthy?

Children don’t see if what they eat is healthy or not; they just want the low nutritious value, the high in sugar, and of course the junk food that is pleasing to their eyes. In many cases, kids are accustomed to their eating habits. They prefer food that is closer to their cultures or what they are allowed to eat. That’s where I think the obesity comes.

The school board promotes healthy and nutritious food to children, but what good does it do if they don’t eat it? One way of teaching children is to let them know the importance of eating healthy. Another way to help kids is by educating adults, too, because I think success depends on the active support of the parents and teachers at school.

Let there be a correlation between Kodiak’s healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet for our children.

Patricia De Santiago

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