As a high school student and a youth staff member of Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!), I find it discouraging to see that a hospital is going to take the name of an unhealthy food company. We shouldn’t have to live in a society where companies that contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle are advertised and promoted in places of health.
Recently, UNC has made the decision to name its new children’s hospital “Krispy Kreme Challenge Children’s Specialty Clinic.” As a center that promotes health and well-being among children, having an unhealthy food company’s name on the clinic is ironic and goes against its goal of health. Young children take cues from their surroundings, and if they see a clinic with this name they may think that doughnuts are healthy.
In a state where childhood obesity rates are over 15 percent, we should not encourage an increase by naming a hospital after an unhealthy food. This is a very generous donation, and I am in no way saying that the hospital should not accept the money; however, the UNC hospital system would serve the community better with a name that does not have to do with an unhealthy lifestyle.
Changing the name to reflect the group that raised the funds would allow the UNC hospital system to remain a high-quality health system. While it is a generous donation to the UNC hospital, it would be better to reflect the group making the donation rather than the method of fundraising. The Park Scholars should be rewarded for their efforts through the naming of the hospital.
If you agree, I encourage you to sign this petition (https://www.change.org/p/urge-unc-not-to-put-krispy-kreme-name-on-kids-healthcare-facility) and write to the head of development, Leslie Nelson, at firstname.lastname@example.org
— Carmen Procida