Petition now closed.
123 signatures have been submitted!!!!!
Although I am not always able to attend the Upper Dublin School Board meetings, I am signing this petition in support of the Upper Dublin School Board's efforts to:
(1) Re-examine the District Wellness Policy
(2) Edit the Wellness Policy as necessary to implement changes that will help support
better foods and more nutrition education for the future health of our children.
In addition, I support exploring all options that would be viable for ensuring the better health of the children in Upper Dublin.
[Please fill out the information below and include your location (city) in the Comments box.]
Barbara A. Bell,
This is a very important movement. Upper Dublin takes great pride and efforts in offering premier education and facilities for our children. I am proud we are moving in the direction toward offering premier, healthy, natural, strenghtening food. We already don't offer junk eduction and sports; I look forward to when the district can say neither do we offer our children junk for our children to consumer. There's should be no place for nutrient deficient "food" in our schools. I know we all want our children to be the smartest and healthiest they can be. Proper, real food is essential for this. Thank you, thank you to the board memebers and Nutri. In the Schools Committee members, and concerned parents for moving on this! Thank you.
I would like to see all caffeinated drinks removed from the schools.
I reside in Fort Washington, PA and have one child enrolled at FWES with one following in September. I am thrilled to see that the district is moving forward with this initiative. I hear all the time how people move to this area so their children can attend Upper Dublin schools. The district excels in so many areas and is always striving to improve. Nutrition and wellness in the schools should be no different!
Sara Shay, Maple Glen,
I wish there were better food options at school for my own kids, but I know that since they eat most of their meals at home and seldom buy lunch, the few times they do won't hurt them much. I am very concerned, however, about the kids who eat both breakfast and lunch at school every day. Based on what they are eating and what they are learning about nutrition from the choices offered, I'm afraid they are being set up for a lifetime of subpar eating habits.
Tracey Danforth Winebrake,
I fully support this very important effort. Encouraging an awareness of good nutrition in school will help kids eat healthier throughout their lives.
I am unable to attend the school board meetings, but I am in support of the School Board's efforts to re-examine the wellness policy, and the edit it as necessary in order to implement changes for better nutrition and health for our district.
In view of the obesity and other health issues that plague our society, it goes without saying that we need a fundamental change in the way our children eat and think of nutrition. It feels somewhat disjointed to take pride in our school district's educational standards, yet offer food and drink choices that any educated person knows is sub-par. I hope that UD will raise the bar in all areas of a child's well-being.
Christine Dubiel Flynn,
There is great emphasis on academics and extracirricular activities in Upper Dublin, which is wonderful. But children also learn via word and deed about health lifestyles, including food and nutrition. Relative to academics and extracirrucular activitites, we're getting a failing grade. Lessons learned about food and nutrition last a lifetime, and are best learned early. This is why I encourage and support the district's initiatives toward improving nutrition.
I was very inspired by the comments of Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Barrett, and Mr. Paston at the March 14th School Board meeting, and look forward to seeing the changes in store for UDSD!
ft washington It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children to eat well. It makes sense to have the school systems support in encouraging healthy eating habits.
I fully support healthy lunches for my kids.I want change.
This goal should be given the highest priority by the School District and the School Board, and I am in full support of using any means necessary to ensure healthier food for our children. While my children have gluten, dairy, and soy intolerances, their bodies also can't handle artificial colors, preservatives, corn syrups, artificial sweeteners, and other non-food items frequently found in commercially available processed food. They become sugar-high and irritable. Why expose children to these items which can have such a negative effect on their bodies? If we cook home-made foods from scratch and serve them at the schools, many of my children’s food allergens will not be present, and I can then think about letting my children buy a hot lunch at school every so often. I think healthier food options will increase school lunch patronage. Please keep the Nutrition Initiative at the forefront of Upper Dublin Schools’ agendas. Thank you!!
Joanne Mele Kraft,
I feel we step one step forward towards the right direction then the township takes two steps back. We're not getting anywhere fast.
This is important work; our children will truly benefit from better nutrition in our schools!
I believe in this initiative! Thank you to the parents and staff who help make this possible for our children!
Dresher As a mother I think it is important for my boys to be exposed to various nutrious foods. Over several months, I volunteered during Savory Sampling Thursdays. I sampled a variety of items, some common and some not so common; watermelon, craisins, couscous, and wild rice. While sampling the later two, I was hesitant. However, when I presented the couscous as pasta with vegetables and wild rice as rice with vegetables, I was pleasantly surprised. At the end of the sampling, the total number of "thumbs up" for both items was significantly greater than the "thumbs down." If these items were successful why have they not been incorporated in the menu? My understanding was that if a positive response was noted during such samplings, then the lunch menus would be adjusted accordingly. I have not been able to attend board meetings since they occur in the evenings.
This is an important undertaking for the health and well being of our children.
Sharon Gross Herman,
I totally appreciate this effort and hope that all junk food, high sodium and sugar foods are removed. I don't have it in my house and I hate that junk such as doritos in the schools. There is no excuse. The children will eat healthy when that is the option. Junk food undermines all the good that can be learned!
This initiative is so important for our children and future generations. I thank the School Board for their continued support in implementing changes that will benefit our children for the rest of their lives.
Maple Glen, PA
I am so excited about the efforts of the nutrition initiative and I'm grateful for the time and attention the school board has given this effort so far. I cannot attend school board meetings due to my schedule, but please know that there are many parents in the community like me that are standing with the committee and their effort to improve the health of all our community's children - the benefits will surely be worth it! Thank you.
I support the nutrition initiative. I believe a healthy diet and regular physical activity is crucial to the success of our children
Christina Carson-Sacco, Psy.D.,
Please support Jill's efforts and make the schools a healthier place for our children!
from Maple Glen, on behalf of my four children, and the thousands of others like them in our community
Thank you for putting into words and action the thoughts and wishes of so many parents in our school district and thousands of other districts throughout the US.
Mary B. Senior,
I whole heartedly support the efforts to provide better nutrition to our children in Upper Dublin schools!!! We as adults need to set a healthy example for our children to follow...we can provide this for our children through education, exercise, and good nutrition.
Thank you for supporting the Nutrition Committe and encouraging improvements to the Wellness policy that will positively affect the health of our school children.
Jan Graff, Dresher
Thanks to our school board for their efforts on behalf of this very important issue!!!
Thank you for your efforts and for being a great voice for those of us who may not be "leaders" -but DO want healthy changes for our children! These changes to be made are long overdue! NO MORE DORITOS!!
Let's show our kids that we love them by giving them healthful meals.
Thank you tp Jill Florin and her committee for all the time and effort they have put into this initiative.
Few efforts are more important than supporting the health and well-being of the children in our community. Kudos to UDSD for making this possible.
It has bothered me since my children started school in UDSD in 2000, that the school lunch menu is loaded with breaded, fried, fatty foods. To this end, my children do NOT buy lunch as I can pack them a much more balanced, nutritious lunch. That said, I feel for children who are in the school lunch program who may have no choice but to eat what is offered in the cafe. This needs to change for the health of all children in UDSD.
Thank you to all who are working so hard to get healthy foods in our schools!
Evey school day for the past 13 years I woke up early to make my girls lunch for school. I look forward to the day when they can buy healthy and tasty food for lunch and I can sleep 10 minutes longer!
I would like to be certain that sugary sodas and snacks with high sugar/corn syrup/fat are not sold in vending machines in our schools.
Maple Glen. As a parent and registered nurse I am very concerned about what my children eat especially at school. There are far too many obese children in todays society and we (parents and the schools) need to provide healthy meals and snacks. Thanks to Jill for all of her hard work in getting this program going. My only other comment is that I wish that kids could get a 'double order' of the main entree w/o having to pay for a full second lunch.
My family struggles with Diabetes and celiac so to have nutritional information would be helpful and to have some gluten free options would be fantastic.
If we serve it, they will come!. Thanks to those who are working tirelessly to increase the healthier food options for our children in the Upper Dublin School District.
Nutritious, fresh lunches with fruits and vegetables are very important, not just for our kids health, but for their brain develoment, energy and comfort with healthy foods. Who says comfort food should be processed treats?
Willow Grove, TFES
Sherri Cohen, Dresher,
I fully support this initiative to ensure our children are given more nutritious food choices. Thank you Jill and everyone on the School Board who is striving to make this a reality! I could not be more proud of our school district!
I am a dietitian and I work evenings so I can't always attend the school board meetings, but I am in support of healthier food choices at all UD schools.
Thank you for all your hard work and perseverance in effecting positive changes in our schools lunch menu choices. I look forward to the day when my son will be excited about the foods he eats for lunch. Healthy choices are not only the best option for our children but should be the only option.