Students vent their frustration with their unhealthy and sometimes questionable school lunches. This week, students at various schools took pictures of their meals and posted them on multiple social networks and blamed the Lets Move initiative as the reason for their new meal plans. When I read the article, I wasn’t shocked because I too witnessed a similar meal first hand while attending a high school. At that school the school lunches included items such as Strawberry Milk, processed chicken patties, etc. Just like those students and parent who recently shared their school lunches via social media, it makes you question the Let’s Move initiative and everything that the First Lady Michelle Obama is trying to do to encourage our kids to make healthier food choices.
I decided to revisit the Let’s Move guidelines to see what it included and after my investigation, I was shocked to learn that there is a MAJOR DISCONNECT between what some of the schools cafeterias are serving students versus the recommendations from the Let’s Move initiative and the HealthierUS School Challenge are expecting schools to follow. The biggest problem as I see it is that there is too much wiggle room and no repercussion for schools who continue to serve less healthier options like processed meat patties, flavored milks and grain based items that do not meet the whole grains requirements identified in the Nutrition Standards for School Meals.
If you have any kids and interested in learning more about the School Nutrition Programs and the guidelines and the Let’s Move 5-Step Plan for Schools, please visit the following links:
- Let’s Move for Schools
- Nutrition Standards for School Meals
- Schools Take Action
- Let’s Move Teacher Toolkit
- HealthierUS School Challenge
- Recommendations for Preparing Healthy School Lunches