By: Angel and Sydney
For a country that is increasingly concerned with health and nutrition, America is seeing an interesting debate develop around school lunches.
Attempt for fighting unhealthy eating!
- Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010.
- The act, supported by First Lady Michelle Obama, was designed to improve the quality of nutrition in food served for school lunches and after-school snacks.
- According to a Los Angeles study cited in Olga Khazan’s article in The Atlantic, “among the students who took a fruit or vegetable from the lunch line, 22% threw away the fruit, and 31% tossed the vegetable, without eating a single bite.”
- The amount of vegetables, dairy and fruits consumed falls short
- Unlimited chips, cookies, drinks (filled with sugar), and ice cream
- survey results stand in contrast to a recent USDA report that showed about 1 million fewer students chose to eat school meals every day during the 2012-2013 school year.
- “More kids aren't buying lunches,” Diane Pratt-Heavner, spokesperson for the School Nutrition Association, tells TIME.
- Obesity has increased
students comments on school lunches:
- "Some of it taste like plastic! Gross!"
- "It's not very healthy, but it's food"
- "I'm an athlete. I need to eat healthy and packing my lunch is a better option so i know what I'm eating"
- "some of it taste dry or soggy, and i just don't like the taste"
- "It's alright, but not the best"
Accomplishments from changes in school lunches
- Lunches are including more whole grains, vitamins, and minerals
- More fruits and vegetables
- Less sodium
- Limited 650-850 calories
- Kids are starting to like what they get, but the only thing left is to limit junk food and (sugar) drinks.