Monday, December 03, 2007

CBC Radio

I have been listening to 740 radio in the van on the way to work lately, and there are some things I've heard that just make me shake my head:

Carl Heinz Schreiber: Why does the government keep him around? So that he can tease and pretend he has information he doesn't really have in order to avoid extradition? It's just ridiculous. All the political parties are ignoring what the guy is saying and are asking him questions to cover their own arses (Conservatives), or try to bury another party (Liberals/NDP).

I hate politics enough as it is but keeping this guy from facing what he deserves in Germany to further (or keep from un-furthering -- whatever) your own political ambitions is cheesy and wrong. Shame on you, government of Canada.

Edmonton Schools get rid of junk food: So what? All that means is that all the fat kids are going to stop spending money in your school and are going to cross the street to the Mac's, 7-11, George's, whatever is there, and stay fat off of their food. And curse you for changing things.

One year under "Easy"Ed Stelmach: I have very little opinion of this. They say he's poured a bunch of money into infrastructure, and that's good. They say he's not as charismatic as Ralph Klein. I think that's good too. I've had enough of the smooth guy, making grandiose gestures and yelling drunkenly at homeless people.

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Sean Woods said...

I think not having junk food in schools is fantastic. We don't need to encourage impressionable youths to make unhealthy choices. Just having the machines in schools is enough to alter their eating habits. There is no reason for schools to provide these items to their population.

This is a step in the right direction, IMO. This will at least prevent youth from stopping by the vending machine between classes.

There was a good study on CBC a while ago. One Edmonton area school (I forget which one) took vending machines out long ago. They switched their cafeteria menu from the usual fare (hamburgers, fries, etc.) to a far healthier menu. While the students complained at first, it didn't take long for them to 'come around' and praise this new initiative.

However, what schools/society *really* need to do is better educate our youth (heck, and adults) in the concepts of health and fitness. I really don't think kids are given the information they need in order to make an educated choice when it comes to snacks.

It needs to be drilled into their heads that chips/chocolate bars are incredibly high in fat/sodium/etc., and should only be enjoyed in moderation. Education the youth of today is key in preventing future cases of obesity and heart disease.

PS: Hurrah CBC radio! I don't listen to it nearly enough.

Sean Woods said...

Please forgive the disjointed nature of my post; I was having trouble articulating myself.

Kyle said...

There is something to be said for making junk food less easy to get. My building has a pop machine, but no snack machine. As far as I have found, the only machine with candybars or anything like that is in the library which is out of my way, and if I am going to make the trek anyway I will probably end up going to the cafeteria. They are only open certain hours of the day, but for $3.75 I get a choice of 3 or 4 different hot meals, salad bar, milk, juice or pop, fresh fruit, dessert and ice cream. Plus you can get extras of whatever you want. It's really a sweet deal and I don't take advantage as much as I could since I am so busy, but who would go out of their way to hit a McDonald's or something when better cheaper food is closer to my office?

El Cliff said...

And Kyle has just pointed out the SECOND part that is essential if you want kids to make better food have to OFFER them better food choices in the first place. Taking out the snack machines is great, but if you don't give some kind of access to healthier options...what exactly are you helping?

As for why schools would offer fatty/salty foods in the first place, that's pretty Schools are scraping for every coin they can get their hands on these days.

Liam J. said...

I'm sorry. Apparently I don't do tongue-in-cheek very well.

I think it's a good move, in all seriousness.

I don't think it's going to make those who want junk food turn to healthy food. People who want junk will find junk (all too easily, IMO).

But you're right. For a snack, it's right for students to find healthy food more easily than unhealthy food.