I recently read an article from the New York Times, about how for the first time in over 15 years, the National School Lunch Program has raised nutrition standards. I have a few comments to make about this article, and would love to hear your own thoughts as well.
“As parents, we try to prepare decent meals, limit how much junk food our kids eat and ensure that they have a reasonable balanced diet,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement. “And when we are putting in all that effort the last thing we want is for our hard work to be undone each day in the school cafeteria.”
It is important to note how many calories come from school lunches. These new solutions, however, are not going to solve the real issue at hand. These new lunch program rules are a great step, but there needs to be a balance between nutrition changes and programs encouraging physical activity.
The Obama Administration, Jamie Oliver, and many other organizations have made great strides in spreading awareness about the importance of these issues.
Reforming school lunches is definitely a start to the obesity epidemic. In my opinion, kids just don't play outside as much as they did 15 years ago. I believe it's crucial that funding is also aimed towards encouraging exercise and physical fitness.
What do you see as solutions to some of these issues? What steps do you take that encourage your kids to ride their bikes and run around the neighborhood?
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