15 October 2008

Healthy Eating

So, the child came home from school with a packet of "work", with a cover sheet that read:

The kindergarten classes had their first Health rotation. We learned about nutrition and how to keep ourselves safe and healthy.
Included was a page on which the child was to have drawn a healthy meal. I'm not sure what they're teaching because on that plate, counter-clockwise from the left, is butter, pasta, grapes, potato, and Tylenol.


Yes, those two pink things under the potato? Apparently, Tylenol is part of a healthy meal. Who knew?  (Let's not discuss the fact that the grapes are bigger than the potato, and there's no protein on the plate.)

Today - 15 October - is Blog Action Day and this year's theme is poverty. Notwithstanding the fact that my child doesn't seem to know what constitutes a healthy meal, she does have enough to eat. There are people, many people, who don't get enough to eat. It's a global problem and a local one.

In NYC, the posh and glittering home of dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants, 1.3 million people rely on soup kitchens and food pantries. To help some more people eat better, I will make a contribution to the Food Bank for New York of $1 for every comment made here before midnight EST tonight.  I don't know how many comments I get on average, but I know it's never been as many as 50 even though I regularly have more than 50 visitors a day.  So, lurkers, come out of the closet and help feed the hungry.  Regulars, be sure and comment today - it's for a good cause.



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44 comments:

PunditMom said...

What a great idea! Thanks! Should I be adding the Tylenol to my daily diet? ;)

Janet said...

she sure likes her butter!

Pinky said...

M's Granny would be mighty proud to see butter given such a place of prominence on the dinner plate!

Mad said...

So that's where my dinner went!

Kyla said...

Oh, how funny!

And this is a great little idea!

FreshHell said...

Tylenol was part of my breakfast this morning.

Julia said...

And there I was-- reading at work, and all set to skip the commenting. But having read to the end, how could I?

BTW, Monkey's favorite medicinal-type deal is "the green water"-- Airborne. Not sure I want to know what it would look like in an artist's rendering...

She She said...

My two year old would eat nothing but butter if I let him.

RuthWells said...

What a great idea. And I have to say, the Child's idea of a balanced meal beats my last few meals, hands-down. Mmmmmmmm, potatoes.

Aliki2006 said...

I love that plate of food!

I bet not many kids drew protein sources on their plates...protein just is, so, boring!

Sober Briquette said...

I'd like to do an experiment to see what my kids would come up with.

I have one that will eat anything as long as it is orange, which would not make for a very interesting visual.

thelass said...

Happy to help - great minds think alike, eh? Or something like that. :)

susan said...

CG would have drawn a pickle, I bet, although I may ask her to draw a healthy meal and see what she comes up with.

Definitely a great comment motivator--a very good cause.

jo(e) said...

Toss some veggies on that plate, and it's a balanced meal ....

jo(e) said...

(Are we allowed to comment more than once?)

ALM said...

Great idea!!

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

Commenting for social justice! I can get into that.

Waiting Amy said...

My offspring wouldn't have any protein on his plate either.

Great cause!

slouching mom said...

How could I NOT comment?

alejna said...

Mmmm, butter and pasta and potatoes...I'm hungry.

What an excellent blog action idea--there's blogging and action!

Julie Pippert said...

Tylenol?

LOL

I love it. I love that plate. Mmmmmm

I also love this idea. You go girl! Kudos and bravo to you.

I am trying to spread the word.

ilinap said...

My son would love this meal. He could actually eat a portion of butter that big. Perhaps the pink things are pomegranate seeds?

catnip said...

You are AWESOME!

I'm a little afraid of what my kid would have drawn. Probably just a piece of bologna!

Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children said...

Great reason to comment, and that's quite a masterpiece...you must have a budding artiste or chef!

kathy a. said...

great post! i suspect butter looms large because it is yummy on stuff, so maybe that is where the drawing started.

also suspect tylenol is part of the deal because the teacher said "healthy," and tylenol helps when one is sick.

Mayberry said...

commenting ...

The Tylenol reminds me of last year, when my then-kindergartner did a five-senses assignment. At Christmas I see ... lights, etc. And I taste: Root beer.

painted maypole said...

tylenol? are you sure they aren't Tums?

;)

painted maypole said...

if I comment twice will you give $2?

painted maypole said...

how about $3?

(Ok.. I'm stopping now...)

Elissa said...

Hi Magpie - I've been one of the lurkers - thanks for inviting my post.

I just tried to teach N this weekend how to swallow tylenol in pill form - with no luck. And at 11, she only had her first dose last week. Seems her surging hormones are giving her many more headaches. - E

Gwen said...

And there's not even one Cheez Doodle. I'd say she's got healthy eating down.

What a great idea for poverty intervention!

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

I'm at Motrin girl, myself. But I sympathize with Tylenol on the plate.

Lovely idea, Magpie.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Tell you what. I'll match it. ($1 per unique comment, up to $100.) I'll give to Neighbor Impact, the feed-the-hungry program in Bend, OR (my town).

Quote: "The Oregon Department of Human Services reports that the number of people receiving cash welfare assistance in the Bend/
Redmond area jumped nearly 60 percent [from August 07 to August 08]."

Mental P Mama said...

That is a fantastic idea. I am going to copy you, is that's okay. And I don't know what's wrong with that meal. She seems awfully sophisticated to me.

GimmeCoffee said...

Thanks for doing this! I'm in! Food banks are experiencing record deman and I don't see that letting up any time soon. :(

Meanwhile, what am I doing this week? Helping my child sell cookie dough for $15 a box to raise money for school! I hate this!!!

Kyddryn said...

If you know or know of someone who is in financial straights and could use some grocery help, you can help them out by locating an Angel Food outpost at: www.angelfoodministries.org

They are a Christian organization, but they never voiced any concern over the fact that I'm not a member of the church or even Christian.

It's not organic, or even highest class, but it's filling and it's about $150 worth of groceries for $35 a box, with no income restrictions or limits on ordering.

And no, I don't work for them...but they're good people trying to help other good people who are hit right in the wallet by uncertain times.

Shade and Sweetwater,
K (who is going to make this comment a post, now, too. Thanks, Mizz Magpie!!)

Susie said...

Awesome idea. And I love that plate of food. I am off to take my RDA of Tylenol right now.

nonlineargirl said...

Maybe they are GMO grapes.

Patois said...

What a great idea. I hope you get another couple hundred comments in the next few hours.

Nadine said...

What, doesn't everyone have Tylenol with their meal? Personally though, I'm more of an Advil person, so I don't have to forego the alcohol....

Her Grace said...

Here's my comment. Good for you!

Angeline said...

*laugh* I couldn't stop laughing after reading the way you described that plate...

flutter said...

this is awesome, Magpie!

jen said...

if only you'll accept my before midnight PST............i know you closed your comments but damn, woman...i wasn't online till now.....

free pass free pass free pass

count me in! hee hee. xo