The mayor’s all about nutrition and fitness — at least when it comes to banning things that are detrimental to good health. And several indicators, such as longevity, indicate that his policies have had a positive impact.
Yet the administration fails on this front too often when it comes to children in the city schools. The latest example is at IS 25 in Whitestone, where, because of overcrowding — itself exacerbated by city policies —some students will now be eating “lunch” at 9:45 a.m.
The principal said she had to schedule things that way because the students can’t all fit into the cafeteria at once (no obesity jokes, please). But if the city would just ensure that its infrastructure, including schools, kept up with population growth, this wouldn’t be a problem. What is a problem is serving children meals that sound like dinner entrees when they should be eating cereal and fruit or some such. It’s not healthy. We hope another solution can be found.