Variety in Schools Save Lives

Author: 
osaie

                         

According to the FDA, 30,000 people have gone to the ER each year due to food allergies. Another 2,000 people are hospitalized and 150 people die. In Jonas Bronck Academy, the only beverages students get to choose from are milk, water and flavored water. Students should be able to choose their own beverages during lunchtime.

            Many people are allergic to milk and other dairy products. According to the FDA, 30,000 people go to the ER each year due to food allergies. We can cut that number if we offered more variety in schools. Also, 2.5% of people under three years old are allergic to milk and dairy. Offering variety in beverages in schools can cut the number and provide better options for people who are allergic to milk.

          Also, this variety can be implemented in schools, but they are choosing not to do this. Personally, at JBA, we can only buy water from the vending machined. I think this is a waste because the water fountain can provide me this for free. A 2005 report from Eatrightmich.org states, “Beverage guidelines vary, but typically allow 100% juice, water and milk to be sold throughout the school day.” Schools can implement this variety but they are choosing not to have this variety, which is unfair to students.

            Some people may argue that fruit juice has too much sugar and has artificial colors and flavors in them. That is an understandable concern , however the schools can offer 100% juice solutions with no artificial colors or flavors. The schools can ask the vendors to remove the artificial colors or flavors. I think this is better than the 30,000 ER visits each year due to food allergies.

            Overall, students should be able to choose their own beverages during lunchtime. If you are a student, start a petition or reach out to your principal. If you are a parent, especially if you have a child that is allergic to milk, attend PTA meetings and ask for this variety. Principals should listen to parents and students and reach out to vendors to implement this variety. It takes time, but do you want to go to the hospital due to a milk allergy that could have been prevented? The only solution is to provide variety in schools.

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i agree when you said the

i agree when you said the students should choose their own beverage