Peanuts, Cracker Jacks…and a Whole Lot More!

“Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd, buy me some… Twinkies split down the middle, stuffed with a hot dog, and topped off with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles with a cherry on top… It may be an edible heart attack, but I don’t care if I never get back…”

– Zoe Zellers,

Yes, you read it right. This excerpt from a recent article in USA Today is a bit funny and it made me laugh. It’s pretty clever but in reality quite concerning. There’s actually a ballpark in Michigan that sells this hot dog and Twinkie concoction. Another one offers a burger with a whopping 4,889 calories. That hits it out of the calorie ballpark! But don’t worry if you don’t live in Michigan. Other sporting venues throughout the U.S. are in on the unhealthy meal team as well. In an Arkansas ballpark you can get a batter fried hot dog with a funnel cake sprinkled with powder sugar. Other offerings include a taco with a bacon shell. And unfortunately the list goes on. Take a look at the article for more at

I know it goes without saying, but these are not healthy nutritious foods. What makes it worse is that they’re being served at sporting events. What are we saying to kids and adults alike who attend athletic games where we can choose to eat items that are the polar opposite of what keeping fit is all about? I call a foul on this. Let’s take a time out, rethink our strategy and go out there and win the healthy eating game!

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