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August 27, 2009

A Lifetime of Snacking

I grew up as a latchkey kid. Coming home from school to an empty house, I learned to comfort myself with food. The snacks that I ate after school – potato chips, ice cream, cookies – are the foods that I still crave when I feel lonely. At this point in my life though...


By Arnell J. Hinkle

I grew up as a latchkey kid. Coming home from school to an empty house, I learned to comfort myself with food. The snacks that I ate after school – potato chips, ice cream, cookies – are the foods that I still crave when I feel lonely. At this point in my life though, I‘ve learned to make healthier choices, and I imagine what it would have been like to grow up eating crunchy red peppers or fresh fruit for snacks, instead of salty, sweet or high fat foods.

Whether children are eating snacks at home or in an after school program, they are learning habits that will last a lifetime.  If you make sure that there is a range of colorful, tasty, healthy foods available for snacks, your children will grow up associating snacking with healthy choices. 

So if you are a parent or caregiver – provide fresh fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, or high fiber treats like hummus or graham crackers.  Insist that the after school program your children attend does the same.

Furthermore, now is the time to tell your legislators how you feel about healthy foods for your children - the federal bill that authorizes all of the Child Nutrition programs expires on September 30, 2009. 

Contact your legislator and tell them that children deserve fresh, local foods that support health, both in school and after school. 

For more information about Child Nutrition Reauthorization, see http://canfit.org/pdf/ChildNntritionReauthorization.pdf.

To contact your legislator: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml



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