As September rolls around, we prepare for the start of school — actually for many schools this has already happened. With the state of poor food choices in this country, frankly we need all the help we can get to keep our kids as healthy as possible. I found this article, “Some school districts quit healthier lunch program”, in USA Today, which essentially stated that cafeterias were losing money because the kids were not purchasing the healthier meal options.
Now this is a dilemma for not only the cafeterias and the school districts, but also for the parents of these kids. The thing is though, our eating habits are formed at an early age and from what we learn from what we see at home. So guess what? If kids at home typically eat fast food or food that is pulled out of the freezer — like burritos, burgers, pizza or other ready-made meals, than that’s what they know and that’s what they will seek out. Having new foods is just not appealing to them at all. But, where do you draw the line? Parents need to be more encouraging with having their kids eat what is offered in the cafeteria and if they are hungry still, eating more vegetables and fruit for dessert certainly won’t hurt them! In fact, that could be the start of “re-training” their taste buds to actually crave healthier foods.
Here are a few quotes from the article indicating that kids that remained hungry after the school meal were going to the near-by convenience store close to school for their junk-food.
“A lot of kids were resorting to going over to the convenience store across the block from school and kids were buying junk food,” the 17-year-old said. “It was kind of ironic that we’re downsizing the amount of food to cut down on obesity but kids are going and getting junk food to fill that hunger.”
To make the point, Grund and his schoolmates starred last year in a music video parody of the pop hit “We Are Young.” Instead, they sang, “We Are Hungry.”
It was funny, but Grund’s mother, Chrysanne Grund, said her anxiety was not.
“I was quite literally panicked about how we would get enough food in these kids during the day,” she said, “so we resorted to packing lunches most days.”