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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Posted May 31 2009 10:41pm
Two weeks and counting. That's it. I think I can, I think I can. This quarter has been tough on my time to say the least, but there is light at the end of the tunnel as I have one more week of class, a week of finals, and that is it. At least until the summer quarter begins.

I miss posting but I had to sacrifice something so I could sleep a few hours each night, and I can't wait to have some time to write again. I hope you will join me when I come back. In the mean time I wanted to share a wonderful story that my "future in-laws" (I'm trying to practice that phrase as I just got engaged last weekend) just passed on to me. They just returned from a trip to Ireland and were pleasantly surprised at the health of the people at the villages they were visiting. Instead of only finding pubs filled with pints, they found villages with health and weight conscious people using the gorgeous Irish countryside as their outdoor treadmills. Apparently a child of a family friend who they were visiting reported that he would not want to come to America because everyone here is "fat" (in his own words). Great, we have a global reputation, even with the five-year-olds of the world.

Ok, that is not the wonderful part of the story. What is however, is that these Irish children have a school nutrition program where they are given containers for their lunch, each a different color for different foods: red for fruits, green for vegetables. The children take these containers home where their family fills them with the appropriate foods, helping to promote the message of variety and healthy foods in school lunches. How simple is that?

I'd love to see this in the US. Do you think it would work, or would we find a way to fill our vegetables containers with french fries?
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