Hot dog day is good at school in moderation: poll

Pizza and cookies are OK for kids to eat at school, but not all the time, readers say.

Making healthy food choices for kids is all about moderation, according to North Shore readers.

North Shore News polled 1,878 North Shore News readers and asked the question: Should fundraisers and parent-run school lunch programs only offer “healthy” foods to kids?

The poll comes at a time when the BC government is considering restricting the types of food that can be offered to students in schools, in an effort to promote healthy eating. Not everyone agrees with the idea. While health advocates welcome the proposed change, some parent groups have suggested the new rules will curtail their fundraising efforts and take the fun out of food.

Among local readers who responded to surveys, 43% said moderation was key. Donuts and pizza are acceptable in schools as treats, these readers said. But not all the time. A slightly lower number of readers – nearly 32% – said they supported the proposed changes, saying children were already eating too many high salt and high fat foods. Just under 25% of local readers said the state doesn’t have to decide what parents feed their children and should take care of their own lunch box.

The survey took place from 07/04/2022 to 28/04/2022. Of the 1,878 votes, we can determine that 692 are from the community. The full results are as follows:

Yes. Children already eat far too many foods high in salt and fat. 31.94% local, 30.51% overall

Perhaps. It’s all about moderation. Donuts and pizza are acceptable as treats, but not all the time. 43.35% local, 42.12% overall

No. Only parents should decide what food they want their children to eat. The nanny state should crush. 24.71% local, 27.37% overall

Local Total

The findings are based on an online survey of North Shore News adult readers who are located on the North Shore. The margin of error – which measures the variability of the sample – is +/- 2.25%, 19 times out of 20.

The North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent vote fraud, detect and prevent bots, and filter non-local and duplicate votes.

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