The Snack Epidemic

Take Back the Snack!

Orange peeled


Kids' sports have become overrun with chips, cookies, and other snacks served on the sidelines. if you want to fix that, voice your concerns to the coach -- preferably at the beginning of the season. With his or her blessing, consider sending an e-mail like this one to other parents:

Hello! I'm organizing the team snack schedule this season, and the coach and I have a suggestion: Remember the orange slices we all ate on the sidelines as kids? Let's bring them back!

We're concerned about the snacks being offered at the kids' games and figure that some of you may be too. Children today are eating more salty and sugary snacks -- and are heavier and less healthy -- than ever before. We all sign up our kids for sports to keep them active and fit, but the cookies, chips, cupcakes, and sugary drinks handed out after games aren't in line with that mission.

This season we're suggesting a fruit- and-water-only snack policy for our team. Fruit contains carbohydrates to replenish their energy, plus vitamins, fiber, and extra fluid to hydrate them. And according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most young children need to drink only water after moderate exercise, not juice or sports drinks.

When it's your turn to supply snacks, please bring fresh fruit, such as bananas, apples, grapes, or slices of watermelon. You might want to bring unsweetened dried fruit too. Each child should bring his or her own full water bottle to each game. We ask that you not bring other drinks for the rest of the team.

If you don't think your child will eat fruit or if you feel he needs something more after the game, please bring your own snack and give it to your child when he's away from the field.

With this snack policy, our team can set an example for the whole league. We all care about our children and want the best for them, so let's start here.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this policy.

Thank you!

________________________________ (your name here)

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