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The Power of One: the influence of a nine-year old

Robyn Openshaw - May 29, 2012 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Check out this news article about what happened when a nine-year old girl began documenting online the appalling nutrition served in her school. Do you have a child who, like my Emma, loves good nutrition and wants to change the world? The internet makes that possible. Would your child like starting a blog, taking photos, and writing about what masquerades as “food” (menus designed by dieticians!) at her school? We need more kids like this nine-year old!

After my son pitched the entire game in a 12-1 win against undefeated Skyline, we had to play them again. My girlfriends arrived in Las Vegas without me, right about the time that, at the bottom of a third overtime inning, our boys lost in a heart-breaking split-second call at first base. They are not state champs, but they beat the team who is, in a five-inning game. Unfortunately, being in the loser’s bracket, we had to win twice, whereas they had to win only once.

I spent a lot of time with my family watching 7 games last week. I had this convo with my sibs:

Ben: Did you read that Nutella lost a class action lawsuit for claiming its product was a health food? If you’ve bought it in, like, the last 18 months, you can get a refund.

Me, laughing: No. I don’t believe it. No one thinks Nutella is good for you. I mean, SNICKERS are good for you then. They have peanuts in them.

Ben: Yes they do! We were at our good friends’ home and the mom was saying, “I am so thankful for Nutella, because it’s the ONLY healthy thing I can get my son to eat.”

Me: No she did not say that.

Ben: Yes she did.

Betsy: Did you hear about Davis High School? They got fined $15,000 for selling soda in the lunchroom. Federal law requires them to pay $0.75 for each violation of that law, so they went back and figured out how many sodas they had sold, and fined them accordingly. BUT, they are allowed to sell Snickers because they have peanuts in them. Also they can sell soda, but only before and after lunch, in vending machines.

Ben: Corn is in corn syrup, and it’s a vegetable, so……

Me: Almost all corn in America is genetically modified! And high-fructose corn syrup is one of the worst things you can eat, the worst of the sweeteners.

Ben: Robyn. We already know that. I was joking.

Robyn: Sorry. I’m ranting.

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