Trump strikes again as he puts a fork into kids school lunch program. Too far Mr. President, too far! Whats the plan here? Fill our kids with cheap processed foods?
The new standards were set in place by the Obama administration in 2012 to raise overall nutritional requirements of school lunches (to help reduce childhood obesity and reduce preventible diseases like type- 2 diabetes and heart disease, in OUR kids). Reducing sodium, switching to fat- free milk, and incorporating whole grains (important for growth and development) while pushing fruits and veggies were the main areas of change. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that improving children’s health is a top priority (some kids eat as much as half of their nutritional requirements at school). I’d say we’re nailing it or WERE nailing it!
Food companies, like the ones that supply the food along with school service staff have been working hard to meet these standards. Schools are in the 99th percentile of compliance. What’s the problem here? Does the school cafeteria have to be governed by President Trumps well- known love affair with Ronald McDonald and Colonel Sanders?
I get it, sure, kids like junk food, but just because they prefer it, does not mean we should give it to them. Teaching kids about real food, making real food the norm- that’s the ultimate long- term goal. And can we please stop asking 8 yr olds what they prefer? I think we know what box they would check off. Until my kids are old enough to drive themselves to the grocery store, cook, and clean up the dishes, I make the the food rules. They might find algebraic equations challenging but that doesn’t mean we take it out of the curriculum. “Fake it till you make it!”
I commend the schools that will continue to do their best to offer healthy lunches by providing local fruits and veggies and reduced sodium foods. School gardens across the board would be clutch right now.
Write letters to the School Nutrition Association, petition, set your own standards, implement a school garden and volunteer to help or create one if none exist, support nutritional efforts at school, educate kids on how to make good choices off the school menu. Let’s not go backwards.
I’m not so sure we should be taking nutritional advice from someone with a BMI of 30.3, officially considered obese…just sayin.