Walking around you can see kids in there teens that are overweight, so their quality of life is hindered. It’s a serious problem, and it must be addressed properly in order to achieve any success in decreasing the obesity percentage in the adolescent community. I propose that we ban all junk foods sold on school grounds, we also must educate and advertise healthy eating habits. Parents are the biggest reason students are obese but schools are the runner up. It's up to Vacaville High School to create a atmosphere that promotes the consumption of healthy foods so that they can become healthier and hopefully promote a healthy lifestyle when they graduate from school.
Lowndes County Schools Director of Nutrition says,“The requirements are meant to give children healthier options”(Campbellsville University Online Programs). For the first time in 15 years the government has put a drastic meal change in place in public schools. Many individuals believe these changes aren 't for the best. Two of every three americans are overweight or obese, therefore the government decided to start controlling school lunches through a fantastic program called the National School Lunch Program. The new standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and offer a variety of food choices.
Child obesity is a growing problem that many are rapidly trying to correct. America, as well as some other countries, are searching for a solution to a growing obesity epidemic. Many believe if we can establish a healthy crop of young americans this problem can be solved. The problem is deciding how to fix this, but what won’t fix it is banning junk food from schools like some people suggest. There are multiple reasons why a ban on junk foods to any extent in public should not be implemented.
Kids aren’t buying the better-for-them options in the cafeteria, and that’s leading to a drop in revenue for some schools.¨ So the better choice would be to cut junk food out since keeping it obviously isn´t teaching them anything. If we take the better route and drop junk food, that may not only be beneficial to our generation, but be beneficial future generations to come. them how to make healthier choices, but it just isn't working. As another health article that talks about why schools are dropping certain health programs, it states ¨3% were considering abandoning the
According to Northoff (2007), nutrition is critical for a healthy and active life, but many people around the world still have no access to sufficient and nutritious food because of poverty and lack of nutrition education. Moreover, Riddle (2005) stresses that nutrition education is a key for developing the skills and motivation needed to eat well, and is especially important in situations where families have limited resources. The benefits of nutrition education and counselling can directly influence nutritional status, consequently, helping in attaining the millennium development goal (MDG) to reduce the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition (Garcia, 2008). In a recent preliminary study conducted by ENDESA in 2007, the way in which the mother’s educational level influenced malnutrition was observed. Statistics reveal that 15.4 percent of children of mothers with no education suffered from chronic malnutrition, while 9.4 percent and 4.7 percent in children of mothers with secondary or higher education levels respectively (Acevedo & Menendez, 2006).
As a senior at Patrick Henry High School (PHHS), I am greatly concerned with the inadequate fulfillment of public school children’s dietary needs and the poor quality of school lunches. The lack of the necessary components from the meals provided by the district shows the scarcity of care towards students. By purchasing local, fresh produce from San Diegan farms, the nutritional value of meals would be greatly enriched; furthermore, it would lead to a reduction of costs and an effort to prevent childhood obesity. Poor eating habits instigate the enervated physiques and well-beings of students. In order to deter from these detrimental results, support from the district is crucial.
When considering the choice of whether, schools should convert to year round schooling or not, the choice should definitely be schools should not convert to year round schooling. A few reasons schools should not convert to year round schooling is because students can even forget something they learned, in a short period of time, and then the teachers would have to reteach the same topic, which is extremely frustrating. The students would also spend less time with their family, because they don’t have the traditional summer break. Not only that, but it causes parents more stress to have to plan ahead of time for how they were going to take care of their children whenever they had breaks (which were very frequent). If this claim is not listened to, teachers teach the same thing repeatedly, family bonds weaken, it disrupts parents work, and it risks the child’s safety.
Just because these families fall outside the income guidelines of the program does not mean they are able to pay for the meals. A lot of families that are over income still struggle to afford the school meals. In spite of taxpayers and Title 1 funding objections, states should elect for universal free meals within our public-schools because of health, esteem, and academic advantages. Advantages Universal
Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) in 2010 with the aim of increasing the minimum nutritional standards that school lunches must meet. The nutrition makeover included: increasing the amount of whole grains, shifting to fat free or low-fat milks, offering fruits and vegetables, and reducing the amount of sodium (School Lunch Debate:What’s At Stake?). In our school alone, 1,009 of the 2,227 students qualify for free or reduced lunch (Free/Reduced Lunches By School). With that being said, almost half of the students depend on the meals provided at school. The nutritional value, or lack of, can significantly affect test scores.
This shows that the Macrosystem is failing the child, as the child is not getting the meal that they need due to the government’s guidelines. Consistently eating processed and sugary foods can cause obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease later in adulthood. (The Children’s Society, 2012) This links with the Health Belief Model’s perceived susceptibility (Glanz, 1997) as the children may start to think about their own risk of developing a health condition due to poor diet; however, the child may believe that the condition will only affect adults so they will be less likely to change their behaviour. Furthermore, the parent may start to think of the perceived severity and want to avoid the consequences of the condition due to
08 May. 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/sunday-review/why-students-hate-school-lunches.html?_r=0. Murphy sheds light on the issues illumined in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act enacted by congress which requires strict supervision over the nutritious quality of foods offered in schools nationwide. She compares America’s school eating guidelines to France’s—whose childhood obesity rates rank lowest in the western world. However, she finds that each country;s relationship with food is so fundamentally different from each other and describes how Americas main fault is neglecting to pass down basic
The school lunch program was not planned well. The government spends 12 billion dollars a year on the school lunch program and the cost is only rising. Many schools take advantage of the program and give the whole district free meals while in reality they are only supposed to give it to the children whose parents have a low income and are under the income line. Many of the cafeteria workers are not qualified and they lack the proper training to meet the requirements put by the government instead of training the workers they continue to not follow the rules, not because they do not want to because they do not know how to. Instead of the government taking away the funding they continue to fund the program and let these things occur.