On Monday afternoon I helped facilitate a game of bingo with one of our Service Learning students, Koven. The prizes we had available for playing were cookies that we had recovered earlier that week (shout out to the Wal-Mart bakery, we get all sorts of delicious treats every time we go to recover). The dilemma occurred when we had a winner, but he is diabetic. Luckily the kitchen staff had diabetic cookies on hand. We quickly began asking each “winner” (note, everyone one at least once because we just kept playing) if they were diabetic before handing over their prize. The problem was, “borderline” doesn’t mean no cookie.
This juxtaposition of wanting to reduce waste and promote health plagues my thoughts quite often. I would love to offer fresh fruit as our dessert every time- but it isn’t readily available to us, and then what would happen to the hundreds of cheesecakes we receive? You can see we literally have a freezer full of cake.
I don’t have the answer to this problem (feel free to comment if you have any suggestions), but in the meantime CKWL is going to work to educate clients about good nutrition, promote cooking from scratch whenever possible, and to exercise. The exercise part is in the works, my newest thought are dance sessions to get moving, taking our ques from the latest line dance trends (cha cha slide, cupid shuffle, etc). Hopefully we’ll be able to have some fun as we break a sweat.