As someone who played sports throughout the year in high school, I have to say
that the complaining by athletes is a little bit silly. The old guidelines were
enough for most of us anyway. The usual scene was the athletes grabbing a bite
to eat that they brought to school before practice (usually in the ilk of a Clif
bar or Powerbar). Buy a box at Sam's or Cosco and tell your kid to grab
one on the way out the door.
If you have a problem with what school lunches consist of, pack your own
The biggest downfall of the federally mandated school lunch program is not that
it takes away junk food (remember this is the same program that deemed pizza a
vegetable)...but that it limits the amount of calories that students can eat at
lunch to under 800. When you have kids who are active in sports, cheer, marching
band or other extra-curricular activities they will need WAY more calories that
that. Most athletes need 4000-6000 calories a day at least to be able to have
energy to play their sport. I know of many student athletes who are starving on
the school lunch programs. They are HAPPY to eat the healthy stuff, but they
simply aren't allowed to get enough of it.
I'm curious to know how many fewer lunches are being served now; my kids
buy lunch tops once a week, sometimes not even that. They take lunch from home
most every day. And I'm SURE that I'm paying less for that than what
I spend buying school lunch. So, in a way, I'm glad for the changes.
It's given me more control over what my kids eat and how much they
consume.Funny story from a few years ago. My then 4th grader
complained of hating school lunch. I asked her why and she said it was all
Michelle Obama's fault. Someone or many people at school must have been
talking similarly, I had never mentioned the First Lady's nutrition pushes
with her yet she had a strong opinion of why she no longer liked school lunch.
Don't let these kids confuse hunger with gluttony. They need
to learn the difference.America is fat and lazy. Time to shake it
up. The learning curve is going to hurt a bit, but that is the way it always
is.Pay the price to be fit.
The story that will not go away. Parents fighting for the rights of their
children to eat junk food. If your child is not getting enough to
eat, pack an apple or a half sandwich for them to supplement. Or be sure to
stock your pantry with Cheetos and Twinkies so they can get their fix as soon as
they get home.The news seems to be full of bizarre things that
people are getting themselves worked into a frenzy over.
I totally agree with Lifelong Republican. Why should kids be fed Cheetos,
fries, and other garbage at school? We have a huge obesity problem in this
country. The schools have a responsibility to educate kids about nutrition and
help them make good food choices.Carrots and apples never killed
anyone. Instead of griping about this, parents should follow the example and
feed kids healthy food at home.And of course, if you don't like
the food, you can always pack your own lunch.
Ridiculous. Nothing wrong with giving them some healthy food. Just start them
out on the healthy stuff when they are in kindergarten and stick with it.I hope they don't give in on this one.