School fundraisers that promote healthy options are better choice [Letter]

As a physician at the April 11 public hearing on proposed changes in the HCPSS Wellness Policy, I left with an appreciation for the articulate students who expressed concern about the nutrition value of some foods offered in school during and after classes. A Centennial High student thanked Booster Club efforts to fund uniforms and trips for athletic teams.   

Clearly we have in Howard County extraordinarily committed students, adults and organizations (e.g., Healthy Howard, Health Department, Columbia Association, PTAs and Booster Clubs) that should seize the opportunity to work together promoting healthy food choices and increased physical activity for our children. Instead of fundraisers selling pizza and cookie dough, how about school teams and clubs donating time to raise money by teaching basketball skills or chess moves to elementary and middle school students and parents? One option: High school students, Booster Club and PTA parents organize an event bringing together students and parents to participate in a variety of fun, hands-on clinics and activities as well as healthy snacks.  

What a great way to get a community to come together by holding fundraisers that benefit our children and promote healthy options.

Barbara P. Wasserman, M.D.

Ellicott City

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