This story which involves food and college professors doing food eating research stretches your credibility so much it makes you realize you're happy your kids didn't go to Duke.
The point of the story is to determine why "American consumers, even otherwise healthy ones, keep choosing caloric
indulgences rather than healthy foods at fast-food restaurants." Gavan J. Fitzsimons, a professor who studies consumer psychology at
Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, has researched the disconnect.
“When you put a healthy option up there on an otherwise unhealthy menu,
not only do we not pick it, but its presence on the menu leads us to
swing over and pick something that’s worse for us than we normally
would,” Mr. Fitzsimons said.
Why? Mr. Fitzsimons called the phenomenon “vicarious goal fulfillment.”
By seeing a healthy menu option at a restaurant, “it basically satisfies
that goal to be healthy,” he said, and gives consumers leeway to order
what they want.
This is crazy talk. Duke actually hired a guy like this to teach in their school of business? Here's another reason why we choose what they call unhealthy items in fast food places-they taste good and they're filling and when you walk into a McDonald's you smell fries and burgers cooking. The smell gets your stomach growling and your taste buds drooling. Salads are cold heartless tasteless piles of lettuce. You want salad, go to a salad bar.
We're supposed to believe that food health nuts think that by seeing the word salad on the menu board, that satisfies their healthy food intake and so can have a Big Mac without guilt? Come on. We may as well use the Vicarious Goal Fulfillment theory to say we satisfy our daily need for exercise by watching a game on tv.
The Catlin Illinois school district which is near Danville, has decided to opt out of the National School Lunch Program begun with directives input from Michelle Obama.
School officials decided to pull out of the National School Lunch Program earlier this spring, after seeing a decline in the number of meals that were served and too much food going into the garbage last year.
According to superintendent Gary Lewis, "When the federal government changed the nutrition guidelines, they became very restrictive." "We had to not only offer vegetables but vegetables of a certain color, and we had to offer them so many times a week," Lewis said, adding it was difficult to meet the guidelines with selections the kids would eat. "I will eat kale. But if I tried to get my 11- and 7-year-old to eat kale, they will look at me like, 'What are you putting on my plate?'"
The stricter guidelines also set new minimum and, for the first time, maximum calorie limits for students, based on age, to ensure proper portion size. The maximum daily intake is 650 calories a day for K-5 students, 700 for sixth- through eighth-graders and 850 for high school students.
But in Lewis' opinion, that wasn't enough for older students.
"They were going away hungry. We feel like if a high school kid needs more, we can provide them with a little more."
Good for them. There's nothing wrong with tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. If kids are spending the afternoon hungry because the food was inedible, change.
The University of Missouri men's football team had the highest Academic Progress Ratein the SEC this past year and was second only to Vanderbilt in school wide, all sports, scores. Three other MU teams had the league’s highest APR in the SEC— gymnastics and men’s and women’s swimming while another six teams had the SEC’s second-highest score.
The University of Wyoming has redesigned their football field's graphics and it looks so cool. The end zone will have painted mountains, the sidelines have the elevations printed on them. Wyoming written in one endzone, Cowboys in the other all in the school's colors of yellow and brown.
New York City's public school 244 is the first school in that city to go to an all vegetarian lunch menu which will include tofu wraps and veggie chili.
Oddly, when you think back on what passed for meat on school lunch trays this may be a better option, but hopefully they'll still get a cookie once in a while.
And in Wisconsin, a state assembly committee recently voted to limit how much junk food could be purchased with food stamps, instead decreeing that 2/3's of the amount must be used for milk, bread, fruits and vegetables.
Captain elementary school in Clayton often uses the seminary campus for classes and today two first grades came to study our Log Cabin, a replica of the original seminary structure back in the mid 1800's.
This was a totally exuberant group of kids, the energy was contagious. They also could not get enough of Ferdie.
After one group went into the cabin for awhile, they had to sit down in the grass and draw the building.
But it wasn't long before they spotted Ferdie
There's something about the inside of that log cabin which makes kids want to dance and shuffle around
But back to the drawing
Oops, here comes Ferdie again
Yes there was teaching
And more Ferdie
And then time to play with the Ferd Dog
And feed him sticks
Then it was time to head back to the school
Ferdie was exhausted. But what a good time this afternoon.