Phantom French Fries, Banished
Brownies, and Flustered Females.
“Wait, What? No more junk food at the snack bar!? You’re kidding, right…” was Angela Richter’s (08’) initial reaction to the recent amendments made to the menu. So why have Xavier’s famous French fries (prized by both Brophy and Xavier students alike) been expelled?
Well, according to Mrs. Roth, the state government has recently passed a law to keep kids in public schools healthy by setting limits on the amount of saturated fat, sugar, etc. the foods can contain.
The superintendent for the Diocese of Phoenix thought this was a good idea and decided to hop on board the health train. Therefore, this means no more brownies, deep-fried French fries, certain candies, soda (except before and after school), or donuts for homeroom breakfast.
While for some students this change may have been calamitous, others have been embracing it with open arms, such as Rachel Ives (08’) who exclaimed, “I love how they added lemonade! It’s so good- especially when it’s this hot outside.” Other beloved beverages like Gatorade, flavored water, and fruit juices are now taking the place of Dr. Pepper and Mr. Pibb.
It is expected that more healthy, though delectable, items will find their way to the snack bar menu in the near future. Many recent studies have shown that making more salubrious food choices can provide one with more energy throughout the day, along with helping one stay in shape.
For avid brownie-munching Xavier girls, this could mean a faster sprint, a higher %, and a bigger smile- something coveted by all. These new adjustments to menus state-wide may also help the 24% of high-schoolers in Arizona that are currently obese or are in danger of being overweight in the future (CDC YRBSS, 2003).
Students interested in this topic are welcome to put forth their ideas for possible additions to the menu.
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