Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Grade 4 students with more nutritional sense than Health Canada

You know how our Food Guide includes chocolate milk as a milk source (see photo up above)? And how that inclusion leads school boards, health organizations and health professionals to defend chocolate milk's consumption? And how that defense often leads to statements that suggest without chocolate milk, kids won't drink milk?

As chef Anne Cooper has noted, that's as nonsensical a message as stating without apple pie, kids won't eat apples.

Well one Edmontonian grade 4 class is having none of it. They've actually gone and started their own blog, The Milk Revolution. They've launched their blog in order to try to help their school reduce chocolate milk consumption by 60%.

So I've got to ask, why is it that Grade 4 students can muddle through the concept that beverages with 3.5 added teaspoons of sugar aren't beverages schools should be serving their students, while Canada's Food Guide explicitly includes chocolate milk as one of their recommended dairy choices?

They've released a few videos that bust some milk myths and in one of them, I came across this quote for Health Canada to consider,

"I'm no expert, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out added sugar isn't making a drink healthier. Kids have figured it out, what's wrong with the grownups?"
Kudos to Mrs. Swelander's Grade 4 class.

I've attached one of their videos below - email subscribers, you need to head over to the blog to watch:

[Hat tip to Laurie Ingram-Dabgotra for sending me the kids' blog]

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  1. Paulette8:53 am

    Love it. The expression that comes to mind is "out of the mouths of babes". Course these kids are somewhat older. Not a whole lot though. Lets just hope that as they continue to mature, they never lose the common nutritional sense they now posses

  2. Cynthia10:10 am

    Now, THAT is one impressive class project!
    Kudos to the teachers for facilitating this.

  3. Anonymous12:59 pm

    Excellent video & class activity.

    Great to unmask the stealth sugar.

    I do wonder about one comment by unflavored milk:

    " Kids need me (milk) for healthy bones and teeth"

    Kids don't NEED milk for healthy bones and teeth. There are many cuisines from many parts of the world that use no milk or very little milk, yet these cuisines provide adequate nutrition for healthy bones and teeth.

    Plain milk should say " I'm one of the foods you can eat to have healthy bones and teeth."

    (In my day the scare films were about REEFER MADNESS!!!)