“The main goal of the law was to raise the minimum nutritional standards for public schools lunches served as part of the National School Lunch Program”(Anderson,2) However, in recent years there have been programs that will help advocate for healthier options. Not only are they healthier but, they are also less costly, “National implementation of proposed rigorous competitive food standards that can improve the health of students while supporting local school district's finances” (Long, 1). History has shown us where we have become as students have shown negative attitudes toward the food and because of it have turned to snacks and junks that subsidize them for the time being. This is an important matter that has to be treated so previous years do not repeat. Instead, there need to be immediate implications or improvements to the food provided by schools.
Going Through the Lunch Line by Rebecca Blyler Some food for thought: School lunches have become a issue of controversy. Who would have thunk!? Let me set the table. In 2010 the federal government instituted a new “healthy” lunch program for public schools. On the White House website this law appears as part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and is named the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” The website states the aim of the law is to “provide all children with healthy foods in schools....and to improve nutrition while focusing on reducing childhood obesity.” Among other things the law gives the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) the authority to set nutritional standards for all foods regularly sold in schools.
One thing schools can do to help get better school lunches is offer more of a variety. Some schools give each student one specific meal a day, but adding side foods like vegetables and fruit really help. In 2008, and analysis of school lunches concluded that school cafeterias don’t offer much fruit to their students, and that can be a real problem in someone’s health. Luckily, the unhealthy school lunches are getting more and more awareness. School cafeterias are bringing in a better variety in foods such as, salad bars, and different fruits for the students to choose from.
Rachel Peters Mr.James AICE English Language 02 February 2018 A typical school lunch consists of a fruit or vegetable, milk, and a main meal. Whether it be a chicken sandwich, or a slice of pizza, the government has set restrictions on what is served in school cafeterias. Some schools even offer an à la carte lunch line for items such as cookies and ice cream. After Barack Obama was inaugurated in January of 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama made it a goal to have nutritional meals at school. Her reasoning was that the meals served in cafeterias were far from nutritious, and detrimental to our youth.
Also “school meals in other countries fascinate us because they reflect a society 's true food culture, as well as its regard for its children” (Siegel). If the community goes cheap on our lunches other countries assume that this is how our culture eats, but in reality people eat big meals at home or go out for dinner. In some cases a school lunch or even breakfast is all a child might get that day. The food service should make sure they get enough to eat as well as all the nutrients by spending just a little more on foods that kids will to eat. Therefore “eating habits, like many other habits, are formed in childhood” (Good,Engler-Stringer).
Are school meals really that unhealthy? Why do so many people want healthier school lunches? Although many students don’t believe that the school lunches are unhealthy, schools should try to make every effort to increase the amount of healthy foods and to decrease the amount of junk food being sold because healthy foods are more nutritious and energy-rich so students can stay focused in class. In addition, much of the American population is obese and the rate of obesity is growing. And finally, junk food leads to other physical and emotional problems.
The Big Picture: School Lunches School lunches, they follow you everywhere from ever since those elementary days even up until your last few days of your senior year in College. From a parent’s perspective who would not want their child to grow up happy and healthy. Through the past years of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA implemented their new guideline throughout the nation for school lunches to have more fruits and vegetables while cutting out the fatty foods such as French fries or Coke; it would be expected that the general public would have some complaints. School lunches give students a healthy balanced diet that contribute to a healthy physical and psychological development especially in the younger ages (Jeon 130). What
A school had to die the applesauce bright green because kids were not buying it, so they thought that they could make it look sweeter and full of flavor. Some schools in California were testing to see if the Slim lunch tray(picture on page #five) was going to affect the kids decision of picking the better choice of foods. It is understandable to try to get kids to eat the right foods but there is other ways into getting kids to eat right, should schools be tricking their students into eating healthier? It is not up to the school to control how the children eat and what they eat. A school is for learning and lunch is just a session to get kids back on track for upcoming classes.
Many say the food is dry and has bad portions. Sophie Henderson thinks it is worth the money for bagels but not the other choices. In conclusion, the school district has made major changes to the school lunch program to save money, but those changes have changed students thoughts on the quality of the
The Government of Canada does its part by promoting healthy eating, physical activity and healthy weight but with less focus on the psychosocial factors of childhood obesity. The focus on childhood obesity prevention has to change; an alternative approach, Healthy Eating and Activity program was piloted in London Ontario and has improved the psychosocial factors that obese children face. This intervention programs approach deals with the psychosocial factors that obese children face and promote positive mental health by accepting children for who they are. In addition, schools have taken steps in the right direction to preventing childhood obesity by providing healthier lunch options but their focus on psychosocial factors have fallen short. Of the children affected by these factors only 17% of children seek help through limited services that may not match their needs.
The data showed that 1 in 3 people would like to add more salads to their daily eating habits. Salads have many nutrient value including Proteins , potassium, and carbohydrates. If you were to want a salad at Moreno Valley High School there is expired lettuce that looks more yellow than green and with cheese that is not fresh. Even if a kid was well educated in nutrition they do not have the necessary materials to eat properly.We are failing to help the future kids of America be strong both mentally and physically. The surprising factor for our school is that many kids buy cookies sold in a snack bar next to the lunch line, every 2 in 3 people said they would choose to eat a bag of grapes over a