Back to school on lunches - The Packer

Back to school on lunches

07/25/2014 10:39:00 AM
The Packer Editorial Board

As any parent knows, kids can be fickle — especially regarding food.

That infuriating aspect of childhood behavior may turn out to be a good thing for once.

When the federal government mandated new school-meal regulations in 2012, a majority of elementary-school students complained about the healthier lunches, but, according to a University of Chicago study, by the end of the school year most had decided the changes were pretty good.

The study surveyed administrators at more than 500 schools about students’ reaction to the new meals in the 2012-13 school year. They found that by the end of the school year, 70% agreed or strongly agreed students generally liked the new lunches, which feature more fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and lower fat levels.

Want to hear some more encouraging news on the school nutrition front?

Another study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found students were eating more fruits and vegetables under the new dietary guidelines.

Legislators seeking to make a divisive political issue of something as seemingly non-controversial as improving the diets and health of schoolchildren is silly — borderline shameful.

Despite all the partisan talking points about kids boycotting inedible, inadequate lunches and school districts saying meeting the standards would cause budgetary issues, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 90% of schools are complying the standards.

We say mend ’em, don’t end ’em.

If schools are in need of funding to help to improve the nutritional quality of kids’ meals, that is where the focus belongs.

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