Healthier school lunches not going down well

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  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Aug. 29, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    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.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    If you have a problem with what school lunches consist of, pack your own lunches.

  • Pierda kaysville, ut
    Aug. 29, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    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.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    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.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    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.

    Aug. 29, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    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.

  • vern001 Castle Rock, CO
    Aug. 29, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    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.

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    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.