This week is National School Lunch Week celebrating the benefits of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP.) The NSLP was established in 1946 and is the largest federally assisted child nutrition program in the United States; it provides nutritionally balanced,
These changes could not come at a better time. The fight against Childhood Obesity is at an all- time high and people are hungry for healthy options. While school lunches still receive criticism, National School Lunch Week is about celebrating the successes in child nutrition and discussing where more improvements can be made. Recently, school gardens have begun supplying schools with fresh produce, salad bars are replacing vending machines, and fruits and vegetables are offered every day. Advancements like these are how we are going to teach children how to lead healthy lives. Critics of the new changes to NSLP cite instances of children throwing out the fruits and vegetables from lunch and eating junk food from home as evidence of the program’s failure3. On the contrary, I see it as success. To end childhood obesity, teach good nutrition, and take back our country’s health, we have to redefine what food looks and tastes like. We need to make it clear that hotdogs, cheese sauces and other high sodium, high cholesterol,
The most important thing to do at this moment is to stay the course. Many cafeterias are losing money because fewer children are buying school lunches and complaints over smaller portion
sizes are commonplace, but these are opportunities for improvement not
1.”National School Lunch Week.” Nea.org. National Education Association, n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2013. <http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/48412.htm>.
2.”Healthy Schools.” Letsmove.gov. Let’s Move, n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2013.
3.Olson, Kyle. “Federal Report Identifies Problems Created by Mrs. Obama’s ‘healthy’ School Lunch Overhaul.” EAGnews.org. Education Action Group Foundation Inc, n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2013.