Not a healthy choice: junk foods vs. the school lunch program
I devoted the previous posts to the school lunch program, a federally sponsored and regulated program, which complies with some (if not altogether satisfactory) nutrition standards for nutrient content and portion size. I was grousing about the sorry state of the food our young ones are served under the guise of an “improved” lunch program.Read full story
The school lunch is fast-food!
We looked at a typical school lunch menu in yesterday’s post and at the nutritionist’s analysis of fat, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals in that food. From the nutrient point of view the school lunch is a high-fat, high-salt low-fiber diet. The protein and vitamin content aren’t an issue, since so much of the food [...]Read full story
What’s for (school) lunch?
What kind of meal does $1 buy? The government provides $2.68 for the kids qualifying for a free lunch, $2.28 for a reduced price lunch, and $0.25 cents for all other kids. That sum includes the overhead and facility costs associated with the meal, which leaves just $1—or less—for the food itself. Clearly not enough [...]Read full story
Are school meals healthy?
Feeding our kids is a fundamental nurturing act we perform daily, and parents do their best to provide their kids a good nutritional foundation for optimal health. But what happens when kids are out of the home? Does the school food environment promote health?Read full story
School food: Parents can make a huge difference!
Many parents commented on my previous school lunch posts, and told me that they opt to pack a lunch for their kids. It’s sad to say, but for most American kids the only potential source for a healthy nutritious lunch may be the lunchbox from home.Read full story