Taken from: http://teachkidsnews.com
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Read the article and leave a comment. What do you think? Do you think schools should follow Sick Kids Example and stop selling unhealthy food, too? Should school cancel pizza and or hamburger lunches? Why or why not? They will no longer be serving Whoppers at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, after the fast-food restaurant closed down in the food court there last Saturday. Canada’s largest hospital for children made the choice to close down the Burger King because of its unhealthy options such cheeseburgers and French fries, which are high in fat and salt. The hospital is meant to offer healthy food choices for the visitors and staff. A doctor at Sick Kids named Vishal Avinashi started a Facebook group called, “Burger King should NOT be allowed to operate at Sick Kids Hospital.” There are 265 members in the group, and more are joining each day. Avinashi tried to raise awareness of the messages that the hospital is sending by offering unhealthy options. He says the hospital is, “setting the wrong example” by allowing fast-food restaurants to sell unhealthy food there. Since child obesity rates are at an all-time high in Canada, having an unhealthy, fast-food restaurant didn’t match the hospital’s goals of fostering healthy eating. Even though Burger King was closed down, the food court at Sick Kids still offers options such as Pizza Pizza. On the Facebook group, members are now pushing for these unhealthy options to also be closed down as well.