Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (starts tomorrow night!) has got me all fired up about our lunch program in schools. I’ve been into this for a long time, and he has brought back my desire to change it! I hope that his show will open the eyes of America and show us just how bad the lunch system really is.
My husband is a teacher at an elementary school.He tells me that all their food comes pre packaged
and they just warm it up. Does that not sound disgusting to you? Would you like to eat lunch every day that was already made and packaged. Nothing fresh? Eww.
There are no fresh fruits. None. No bananas, oranges, apples, berries, pears, watermelon, nothing. Kids are going to throw their food away if there is a better option. If you present a 4th grader with pizza and an apple, she will most likely choose the pizza. No surprise there. But, if you present a 4th grader with foods that are all healthy, she will eat them and she will learn to like certain foods. She is hungry!
Are we giving ourselves excuses that kids must eat crap because it’s the only thing they like? News flash! WE are teaching them what they like. My son, for example, is only one, but I can already show him that fruits are like candy. They are yummy and fun. If you’re a kid, you eat whats in front of you. It’s my belief that children will eventually learn to like whatever you feed them.
Educators and parents expect and want their child to grow, learn, and thrive yet we’re not providing them with the fuel to do so
. No wonder they can’t sit still in class. No wonder they can’t concentrate or understand a simple math equation. They’re eating crap.
I can’t function very well when I eat junk for lunch, let alone a child who is learning.
This is something that I’ve been passionate about for a long time. A few years ago I had a meeting with the “head” lady at my school district office. I asked her about what sort of jobs were available, and how can I get involved in changing our lunch system in schools. In short, she basically told me that I need more education (it doesn’t take a masters degree or a PhD to know that processed food for growing kids is not healthy) and my chances of getting involved were low.
I think, all of us mothers (and dads, too!) need to come together and make something BIG happen. We need to demand healthier food options in schools. What can we do? How can we change this? Shouldn’t we have a say in what school systems are feeding our kids?!
I don’t think I’m being realistic. I’m not asking them to prepare all organic foods every single day. I’m not expecting a child to eat gourmet meals with four servings of vegetables. I just expect a lunch program at any school to be relatively healthy.
I think it’s just about common sense, really. It’s sort of a like a mathematical equation.
Healthy food + people = more brain power, better grades in school, higher levels of concentration, increased mood.
You do know there have been studies done to prove this, right? People who eat healthier are shown to have all these things; increased attention span, better grades in school, increased mood and lower levels of stress/anxiety/anger, able to concentrate and focus better.
We need to do something. How do you feel about all of this? Is your school among one of the healthier ones? Or the unhealthiest? Do you know what food their feeding your kids? What are you going to do about it?