Favorable banning for healthy school environment With an intention to promote a healthy diet and positive eating behavior and provide healthy eating environment among students and teachers, the Department of Education (DepED) prohibits unhealthy food and drinks under the policy and guidelines on healthy food and beverage choices in schools and all education department offices as outlined in Deped Order No. 13. Regardless of its artistic and colorful package design, low price and commonness among students, the fact that it is harmful to our health is a reason enough to ban unhealthy foods and drinks in schools. DepED said that foods and drinks with saturated fat more than 5 grams, with trans-fat; added sugar or total carbohydrates more than 20 grams and those with more than 200 mg sodium, should not be served in healthy school canteens such as junk foods and soft drinks. Additionally, unhealthy food patterns â€“ more sugars, fats, and oils, and less leafy green vegetable and whole grain cereals â€“and a sedentary lifestyle, led to a rising surge in overweight and obesity. Aside from obesity, excessive intake of junk foods and soft drinks also cause urinary tract infection (UTI) which was categorized as top seven leading cause of death in year 2009 according to the data of Department of Health (DOH). Undeniably, studentsâ€™ food intake affect their energy and performance in school; unhealthy food intake lead to poor learning health. Unhealthy foods provide insufficient energy, temporarily fill empty stomachs and if unwisely manage, it could lead to sickness forcing a student to ditch classes and spend extra time to deal with the missed lessons. Furthermore, unhealthy foods are even more detrimental in the long run.
Though the sellers of the said food were oblige to close their business, this will lead to food variety in canteens. This feat will initiate vendors to venture healthy menu and an avenue to more profit since thereâ€™ll be less competition in the market. School, where students spend more than their eight hours is a very good target to promote healthy living to kids and teenagers. Schools should also educate students about the health impacts of feeding on unhealthy foods and drinks encouraging students on consuming nutritious foods. Also, this initiative should not also be bounded within the school premises, but also be well implemented to respective communities and homes for effective results.