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May 20, 2005, 09:16 AM
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May 20, 2005, 11:17 AM
Wish they'd put this on my kids school :D maybe his clothes would have lasted longer! Will be interesting to see if they still eat the good stuff after they save up for the goodies & acquire their treat.
I see the council is getting slagged off for offering these incentives, but all the stuff I've been reading suggests behavioural & academic performance is improved by moving away from the "Golden Arches" approach to foodstuffs, so I hope it works and changes things for the better, as we need to get away from the supermarket food economy.

May 20, 2005, 12:48 PM
But... what if the kid buys a healthy food and doesn't eat it, he just eats his snack pack from home (I love billy madision; a great movie :p)

May 20, 2005, 12:52 PM
could work, will work for some kids, and others will cheat the system, always happens. but its a good test program i suppose, and its a nice incentive

May 20, 2005, 02:30 PM
Instead of offering unheathy and healthy food choices at this school, why don't they only offer heathy, nutritious food?

May 20, 2005, 03:23 PM
Instead of offering unheathy and healthy food choices at this school, why don't they only offer heathy, nutritious food?

The problem is not necessarily that there is unheathly food at the schools (more than one school involved - it's city-wide) but the fact that kids will go to the nearest 'fast food' shop for lunch rather than eat at the school.

Dr Christine Edwards, senior lecturer in human nutrition at the University of Glasgow, said the scheme was an excellent idea.

She said: "This gives pupils a positive reinforcement to make healthy food choices. The big dilemma in secondary schools is that pupils will vote with their feet.

"They will go the chip shop or fast food outlet if they don't like the food available. This is an innovative idea and one which will encourage them to take the healthy option."


May 22, 2005, 09:36 AM
At least once they start getting iPods they'll have plenty of excellent, home-grown music to listen to. Seriously, Glasgow is home to some farking excellent bands.

May 22, 2005, 10:31 AM
Which iPod do they get? 100 meals at 1.15 = 115. Only the shuffles are cheaper than that. I'm sure some enterprising parent will start flogging them on ebay, so it's effectively a return to free school meals. And why is it only Scottish schools doing this? All the kids around me are lardarses and the skinny ones are only skinny because they get their exercise running from the police :p