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Foodie Paradise Alert: PR- 365-08 Is A Very Interesting Press Release


Shaq O'Neal (NBA) is running around New York City talking about how committed he is to helping families struggling to deal with their fight against childhood obesity. I have not watched his television show, "Shaq's Big Challenge," but I will try and make an effort to check it out now that I've been made aware of what it is all about.

NYC Mayor Blommberg created a press release with Mr. O'Neal to launch the new food initiatives (I hear it's the first in the nation) so I guess I'll point you in the direction of http://www.ShaqsFamilyChallenge.com and also  provide a link to the official NYC press release here.

The News from the Blue Room Press Release (PR- 365-08) is dated September 19, 2008 and talks about launching the first formal food standards for New York City. Here is the quote that inspired me to blog: "New York City is the first major city in the country to set nutrition standards for all foods purchased or served. The new standards, pursuant to an executive order, apply to snacks and meals served in places such as schools, senior centers, homeless shelters, child care centers, after school programs, correctional facilities, public hospitals and parks. The standards require City agencies to serve only healthier beverages such as skim or 1 percent milk (with exceptions for babies), phase out deep frying, include two servings of fruits and vegetables in every lunch and dinner, lower salt content and increase the amount of fiber in meals."

Sounds like an excellent plan. Since my boys are in school that makes me feel better about what they may be eating in the future, but I have to admit it also makes me wonder what they are eating now. After all, they did say this is "new." Hmm...

Kudos and Congrats to Mayor Bloomberg for demanding the improvements. I'm looking forward to seeing what type of menus they come up with in the future to replace the menus they currently use now. I wish someone had taken the bull by the horns years ago when I was going to school and when I worked for the NYCDOC and was stuck eating institutional food on Riker's Island. It would have been really nice to have been served a better quality meal. I do remember plenty of days where I decided not to eat at all because I did not like what was being served or was stuck for mandatory overtime and could not leave. Better late than never I guess... After all, a healthier diet will cut down on some government health care costs if people are not aggravating their preexisting conditions or making themselves sick in other unhealthy ways. I think it's a wise move that may bring multiple benefits all around.

I wonder what they will be serving... I bet those debates will be very interesting to a fly on the wall.


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Comment balloon 6 commentsC Tann-Starr • September 22 2008 11:19AM


C -I think it's a great idea and I think everyone needs to be more aware of what we put in our bodies. All the power to Shag and keep us posted OK?

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 12 years ago

Will do, Big Brother. It should be very interesting to watch this unfold. I'm wondering if they will save money with the awarding of the government contracts as well. Robert, what do you think the current companies will do with the food the City of New York may no longer want served? 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, if Shaq is running around, keep out of his way, that guy is BIG. Good initiative says the fat guy!

Posted by Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant (Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA) about 12 years ago

I am so glad they are taking steps to make it better. 

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 12 years ago

C- I think it is a great thing to lead by example, as long as the food is edible. Just so long as Bloomberg doesn't try to expand the trans-fat ban in public restaurants.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

Fred, he is worth the eye candy (LOL).

Mel, I am glad as well.

Mike, I think a lot of public places have changed their oils. Publicity can be a very interesting thing.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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