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We, residents of the 4J School District, thank the 4J School District for addressing these important wellness issues, and request that the following standards be included in the Wellness Policy.

1) Make free, safe drinking water available in the cafeteria for every meal.

2) Beverages offered shall be limited to water, 100\% fruit juice, and rBGH-free** non-flavored milk

3) Provide children with only healthy food options in the cafeterias, vending machines, school stores and concessions.

4) Meet USDA requirements for breakfast and lunch Entrees programs on a daily basis as follows: (Presently they are required to use weekly standard which is not nearly as healthy) = or
5) Seek to greatly reduce potentially harmful food additives and processes such as: rBGH**, irradiation, hydrogenated oils, and known genetically modified organisms (GMOs). To be achieved within a reasonable time period as defined by the advisory committee.

6) Require that schools permit vigorous physical activity during recess as well as physical education classes.
(It needs to be understood that there are schools which do not allow children to run during recess.)

7) Schools need to allow sufficient time for children to sit and eat. A minimum of 20 min for lunch and 10 for breakfast would offer an environment in which children can relax, eat and digest their food in a healthy manner. Also we encourage elementary schools to schedule recess before lunch, as this is demonstrated to improve both health and ability to learn.

* [Synthetically manufactured] trans fats are artificial fats that pose a higher risk of heart disease than saturated fats...Trans fats not only raise total cholesterol levels, they also deplete good cholesterol (HDL), which helps protect against heart disease. No human body has any need for these man-made fats. Food manufacturers [use them because] they allow for a longer shelf life.- University of Maryland Medical Center

** January 23, 1996, Washington, DC - The Cancer Prevention Coalition released a study reporting that milk from cows injected with recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) increases risks of breast and colon cancers in humans. This study is published in the January issue of the International Journal of Health Services, a peer-reviewed, leading international public health journal. - Cancer Prevention Coalition

Food On - Farm to Cafeteria. A project of Lane County Food Coalition. www.lanefood.org

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  • 20 November 201550. Bobbie C
    Helping children choose a healthy diet is the least we can do. Commercial media feed our kids loads of *#$ in their advertising of unhealthy food choices. I believe that the least we can do in an educational environment is counterbalance that advertisin
  • 09 June 201549. Richard N
    For over two years, I've led the rBGH-Free Oregon Campaign, a project of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. We have studied rBGH (also known as rBST) intensively and concluded, as many others have, that this genetically engineered hormone increa
  • 11 March 201548. Susan B
    These are basic and specific goals that would appreciably benefit the long-term health of 4J students. Quality of food, the experience of eating it, and exercise affect our children both in the classroom and throughout their futures, our future. Addre
  • 19 January 201547. Sara M
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  • 25 July 201241. Linda K
    Please support this crucial Policy. We must prioritize the health of our children in order to end up with healthy informed adults who have the ability to care for their own health. The quality of life for the individual, and thus the whole community is de
  • 16 May 201240. Niki P
    The obesity rate is too high, let these kids have the opportunity to turn bad habits around
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    I support this petition
  • 01 September 201138. Meg B
    These pтints seem to me to be excellent ones to be including and very basic tothe health and well-being of our children. Address 2905 Adams Street Eugene OR 97405
  • 23 August 201137. Anne H
    Our future rests with the health of our children! Address 2178 Washington St.
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  • 18 October 200933. Richard G
    Proper nutrition and exercise is necessary to optimize energy level, brain function, and therefore---learning. Address 2210 Floral Hill Dr.
  • 29 September 200932. Christopher B
    I support this petition
  • 30 June 200931. Skye B
    I see this as the minimum requirement for the health of our children.
  • 16 March 200930. Dianne Gb
    I applaud you for moving forward with measures to ensure the health of our children.
  • 12 December 200829. Douglas Q
    В Address 212 Pearl Street # 1, Eugene. OR 97401
  • 31 October 200828. Dorothy Ez
    Watch "Supersize Me"--if that school can have fresh, organic food for the same cost as the $#@! food, why can't we? Address Eugene 97403
  • 25 October 200827. Sarah L
    Cool! : ) Address 275 Solar Peak Drive
  • 22 October 200826. Karen Andrichardp
    A bagel and cream cheese with no other choices is NOT a hot lunch! Address 1627 Pearl St
  • 20 September 200825. John T
    В Address 1441 Wilson St
  • 25 December 200724. Mel B
    I believe it is critical to have the most optimal nutritional foods available for our children for their health, ability to concentrate ain classrooms and to support the environment they will eventually inherit. Address 2905 Adams St Eugene OR 97405

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Franklin HooverBy:
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The 4J Wellness Policy Advisory Committee, the 4J District School Board, and Superintendent George Russell.


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