Discarded lunches drop in one Utah district, but others still see lots of waste
The national consensus is children have gradually adjusted to being served
healthier lunches. I have to wonder if the school officials still claiming the
healthy meals are a disaster are doing so because of facts or political
expediency. Much like the continuing grumbling about better light bulbs, many
on the Right consider federally mandated school lunch rules something they are
supposed to complain about.
If the Obama supports it than it has to be bad! This is the battle cry of the
Republican party. How could the GOP ever condemn healthy school lunches and yet
they have. Michelle Obama has fought the House Republican to create better
school lunches to help fight childhood obesity. Michelle Obama lobbied behind
the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which
requires more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals, along with
less sodium, sugar and fat. It was a major achievement, the first update to
school lunch rules in decades designed to make school meals more nutritious.
House Republicans and their media mocked her all the way and wasted millions of
dollars fighting her healthy school lunches. WHY?I am glad Michelle
Obama has stood her ground and I support her strong minded efforts not to back
down from Republicans. Why would anyone ever oppose children eating healthy???
The big question is why is the Federal Government involved in school lunches at
all. Shouldn't each district decide what we are going to serve. It has
gotten so out of control that children have had their sack lunches taken away
because someone at the school decided it did not meet federal guidelines.
Thanks, but I can decide what my children eat. I do not need the nanny state
doing that for me.
@RBB The US gov't is involved in school lunches because the Constitutional
Preamble requires it ("Promote the general welfare") as well as national
security. A nation of healthy children is more secure than a nation of fat,
sick, diabetic children. And I don't believe anybody anywhere
has "taken away sack lunches from children." Where's the source for
that, besides some right wing fantasy?
If the food is so much "healthier" a truly meaningless word anyway, then
why is the obesity problem getting worse?
@RBB ?? The Feds had nothing to do with students not being allowed to take their
lunches to school... That was a local decision (similar to what a Utah school
did by throwing away students lunches because their parents hadn't paid
up). Both foolish decisions by local officials.As for the Feds, it
would be nice if the Feds didn't have to intervene, but have you seen the
school lunches? At least give the kids an idea what healthy food looks, and
tastes, like instead of feeding them cheap, high fat, food.
"Researchers polled 500 administrators...."I bet the
statistics would be different if they had polled the kids themselves! I have
eaten school lunches over the past 6 years. There are about 50% fewer lunch
entree's offered today that I will actually pay for any more. I brown bag
far more than I used to. Many of the "whole grain healthy" items are
simply not palatable. I used to look forward to pizza friday, now that's
the one day I brown bag for sure!Kids eat more meals at home than
they do at school. 5 meals a week at school isn't going to change that
much for an obese child who is eating poorly at home. Michelle's lunches
ARE being trashed, which means poor academic performance all afternoon.
I'd rather a kid eat a less healthy lunch and finish it, than 2 bites of a
"healthy" lunch and pitch the rest! Offer more fruits and vegetables
for sure, take away the cookies if you must, but at least offer an entree
that's worth eating! Our nation's lunch ladies can surely find a way
to do that!
How sad, when schools decide what our children eat.I miss the old
days of taking a Fred Flintstone lunch box to school.
Parents receiving food stamps can't even prepare meals for their own
children.This is sad.
@LOU Montana:"If the Obama supports it than it has to be bad!
This is the battle cry of the Republican party."Seems like the
case. Now if we can only spread the message that Obama supports breathing air
and drinking water, we might get somewhere....
To "SAS" actually it is the Obama supporter's undying loyalty to
him that you see. The Obama supporters don't question anything that Obama
does. If Obama said that drinking and driving was good for the nation, the
Obama supporters wouldn't question it.Having the government
push food guidelines is bad, and historically is a bad thing. If you look at
when government started to teach healthy food guidelines back in the
1960's, the obesity rate was lower than it currently is. Since the
government began to tell us what is good and what is bad, the obesity rate has
risen significantly. You can't blame video games because they were not
around for over nearly 20 years after the government began preaching its idea of
@ Irony guyHere's a thought.... let's take all those
healthy lunches our American kids want to dump, wrap them in plastic and send
them to the Texas border. We'll call it humanitarian aid and get a two-fer
on our tax dollars! Those kids sitting at the border demanding amnesty will be
even healthier - the long walk through Mexico would suggest they're already
in pretty good shape - and then we'll see if our nation somehow becomes
@Irony GuyThe Preamble is not constitutional law.It is
simply the reason for the articles and amendments to come.There is
difference between "Promote" and "Provide"Again how
WE accomplish this "promotion" is in the articles and amendments.In other words the articles and amendments set forth how the federal
government to do those in the preamble.And again "promote"
and "provide" are different things.The federal government
was never intended to provide us things.In fact our founding fathers
warned us strongly against that.
I'm glad that school children are given a few more healthy choices; not
everyone is addicted to artery clogging fat..I'm not sure that
schools should be providing lunches to begin with but, since they do, they might
also cater to children who haven't been raised on pizza andchicken
nuggets. I'm all for the "Word of Wisdom" but am appalled that,
even in hospital cafeterias, there are so few healthy choices; keeps the
customers coming into the hospital wards I guess. Thankfully more restaurants
realize it is in their own self interest to offer more choices unless their
target market is largely to carniverous tastes, and there are admittedly many of
them.Schools and parents alike often provide little choice to
children, and personally can be bad examples of dietary health, when it comes to
children and the foods that are offered them. Once a grandchild refused fruit
because "it wasn't cooked"; Mom had told them to eat nothing that
wasn't cooked and this child had never had fresh fruit in over six years of