In some schools some principals superintendents have made a decision to opt out of the Healthy choice foods and make there own semi-healthy foods that kids like. To reduce waste and bring back students who have opted to pack a lunch or go off campus for fast food, his districts cafeterias have installed stir-fry stations with abundant vegetables so students can have meals made to order. and he’s added spice bars so kids can even the bland. In schools some principals and administrators are starting to take action.
One female student states that the changes the National School Program have made school lunches are beneficial. She states the program teaches healthy eating habits, and took some getting used to. A male student states that school do not make the healthy foods appetizing. He also says that until schools make the foods appetizing, foods will be thrown in the trash or students will bring their own lunches.
Being aware of the health benefits and health hazards that come along with the food we choose to eat is a huge part of starting healthier eating habits. Children spend a multitude of hours in schools every day, and a lot of them eat two of the most important meals of their day in those schools. That is why it is important for parents and school administrators to take school lunches more seriously. Because after all, children are indeed the next generation of adults, and that is a fact that no one can disprove or argue with. And for those who choose to ignore it, in this case, ignorance is not bliss nor is it
In the article “Are Our School Lunches Healthy Enough”,by McClatchy-Tribune News Service. The First Lady Michelle Obama’s Campaign to make school lunches healthier. One reason, that it is good to make school lunches healthier is that some parents are paying for unhealthy school lunches that their kids are eating. Another reason, that it is good to make school lunches healthier is that 1 in 3 kid are overweight or obese. The last reason, is that it is not good to make school lunches healthier because the government is ignoring parents and saying that parent can’t make the healthy choice for their children.
Students may enjoy a sweet treat during the school day, but others are thinking differently, that the junk food should be kicked out and replaced with healthier foods. Even though a healthier lunch program would be expensive and take some time to get used to, schools should use it. Providing students unhealthy foods can lead to obesity, it can cause early unhealthy habits; and students should have enough time to eat these healthy foods at lunch. The surplus of junk food available to students in public schools has the potential to lead to a high rate of obesity in youth which can have very many negative effects on students physical health.
Have you ever been so hungry because you didn’t have time to eat? Has that ever affected you in class? Out of a 100 student 85 said that the feel rushed or doesn 't have enough time to eat. That why kindergarten-8 students need to have a 45 - 60 minutes lunch time because it improves efficiency in class, it improves students moods, and improves students’ chances of not becoming obese. First a shorter lunch can cause your body physical harm and cause you to feel sick, light headed, or have organ problems and more.
“Healthy school lunch means students are getting the nourishment they need to power their minds and bodies to learn. ”-Unknown. This quote is relevant because students need good, healthy food to be able to focus in class. When the students have eaten a good healthy food they won’t be worrying about when they’re going to get their next meal. The food needs to actually look edible for kids to even think about eating it.
The quality and nutrition of lunch at Lawton Community Schools, and many other schools, needs to be improved. With recent changes been made to the nutritional standards in school lunches, it seems that schools are increasing nutrition, but decreasing quality. “A recent USA Today investigation found that the nation’s largest fast-food chains have higher quality and safety standards for the meat … than what the U.S. Department of Agriculture has for the meat used for the National School Lunch Program...” (Buffenbarger). The food we serve our kids across the country has regulations, but all in the wrong places.
Firstly, the school does offer some more fresh and healthy options to feed the students. These fresh options are often a favorite among students, and as such many people go to the areas which provide these choices first at lunch. This popularity causes problems though, as there are few places to get these foods from. For instance, there is only one area to get fresh sandwiches and only one to get fresh Mexican food. Even with these positives, the school still gives kids free chips with their sandwiches.
While it is important that government support for school meals reduces economic hardship, increased efforts to also improve the nutrition among low-income children are still needed in the program. These efforts should be coupled with a broader focus on reducing empty calorie consumption and incentivizing healthy eating among low-income children. Often times, many lower income students will forego a healthier snack for a bag of chips and a soda. The school has a hand in perpetuation this issue by using funds for bulk goods that typically turn out to be snack foods or high calorie breakfast items.
School districts are using the cheapest means to feed their students, and this has resulted in many students eating unhealthy foods. Even if groups of people oppose contracts with food companies that serve unhealthy food, if the school boards approve of it, the students will be served what is found beneficial for their budget, not their health. Usually when students are asked what they would change about their school many of them reply with a change in school lunch. Their idea of a better school lunch can be easily misinterpreted. In the article “Why Students Hate School Lunch”, Kate Murphy explains how the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act was suppose to allow children to have healthier meals at school, but students across the nation are throwing most of the food into the trash; as a result, many school districts are losing a lot of money.
Why Students Should have a Longer Lunch Did you know that kids in France have a two hour lunch break? In Germany they also have a two hour lunch where kids go home to eat hot lunches with their families. They get a break, exercise, and a home cooked meal. Germany is ranked 1st and France is ranked 8th in the world for education by U.S. News. American school systems limit lunchtime to an extent that kids have to scarf down their food which is very unhealthy.
Why is my topic important? My topic is important because with unappealing foods, kids are starving themselves at school. Students should have more voice in what is served on the lunch menu because a better menu means more money, less kids who don’t eat, and less waste. With all of these factors combined we can make a difference in school lunch policies. Students are more often than not complaining about school lunches.