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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution in your local schools

April 26, 2010

It’s no secret that our school lunches leave much to be desired.  I’ve been out of the public education system for quite some (how long ago, I’ll never tell) but I can still recall the not-so-appetizing square pizzas with mac n’cheese, sugary apple sauce and the obligatory small carton of milk.  Let’s face it, it’s not cheap to feed America’s kids, so with funding for education not where it should be, corners are going to be cut somewhere and unfortunately, it’s in the school kitchens most often.  I don’t think we should blame educators or the school board for having to make tough decisions like that (do we want to give our kid pizza so that we can have two extra teachers to handle the growing number of students?) but I think we do need to start holding everyone, including ourselves, accountable for these decisions.  Proper nutrition makes a world of difference when it comes to the education of our children.  If you’re reading this blog, I’m most likely preaching to the choir.  It’s up to us to not just educate ourselves but to educate others on the difference a healthy and balanced diet makes for our young ones.

Jamie Oliver's Food RevolutionJamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is just the latest and most widely recognized effort toward more nutritious lunches in our schools, but it’s not the only one.  You can also learn more about the effects of school lunches and which schools are getting good grades (and others not so good grades) at HealthSchoolLunches.org.  From the HSL website:

Menus in most school lunch programs are too high in saturated fat and cholesterol and too low in fiber- and nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (see [the] 2008 School Lunch Report Card). Major changes are needed to encourage the health of the nation’s youth and to reverse the growing trends of obesity, early-onset diabetes, and hypertension, among other chronic diseases, in children and teens.

It’s important that our children eat well, not just for physical fitness, but for mental fitness as well.  Check out these links and find a way to make your voice heard to your representatives and let them know you are taking an active interest in the well-being of the children in your schools.  After all, as Whitney Houston so aptly put it, “The children are our future.”

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