There is a common thought that one aspect of our diet to prevent colon cancer is more fiber.

Yet when I contacted our school district “Nutritional Services” 10 years ago to ask why isn’t fiber an item they measure in a school lunches, they replied the state doesn’t require them to.

When I contacted the state, they responded that they were directed by the State Assembly.

I grew tired of the buck passing because this disease doesn’t commonly reveal itself while a child is in school.

I just complain when I see the over concern for fat and the lack of concern that the white hamburger bun is as nutritious as eating paper. I will only briefly mention the concern for fat should be changed to the concern of what one’s body does with fat based on recent research.

The school district has some concern about children’s health, but one wonders when they took out the requirement for 11th and 12th graders to have physical education.

Recent research on vitamin D3 shows promise for prevention of colon cancer, if your levels are high enough. How many of us have had our D3 levels checked by a doctor?

I haven’t called my insurance to see if they would cover the cost of the test. They are quick to cover colon cancer detection, but not prevention.

Instead I take 5,000 IU [international units] daily minimum [which] my doctor wants me on because it is an affordable vitamin to buy. If I had my levels tested, I may need to take 10,000 IU. It is a slow process to build D3 levels up to optimum levels.

I’m the one in the cereal and bread isle, reading the label for fiber.

Merrie VonSeggern