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Pizza and French Fries

Posted on 05/20/2014

Pizza and french fries are the reason why many school districts around the country are deciding to drop USDA guidelines for school lunches in lieu of funding for the program.

Shame on you, school districts and administrators! Instead of “giving them what they want” you should be serving them what they should eat. They could have pizza prepared in a healthy way, and even “fries” but not the traditional kind most people think of drenched in grease.

The new USDA guidelines set to begin next year for the 2014-2015 school year are in place in order to provide healthier school lunches for children than what they currently receive during the school day. More fruit, vegetable and whole grains, and reduce sodium, saturated fats and trans fats. In other words, less processed foods. That’s a great step forward.

The complaint by many schools is that kids, "won't eat the other food" and "they only want pizza and french fries" instead of healthy foods. So, in lieu of following nutrition recommendations, they are foregoing support to fund their school lunches in order to continue to serve junk food to children?

I guess I'm not following the logic in the decision to ditch the USDA guidelines to provide healthier meals to kids. Are you afraid your child won’t eat? That’s not necessarily bad. In fact, he/she will eat when they are hungry and when no other options are made available.

Yes, they may have been used to the "old way" of having lunch. But, the new way is so much better tasting, fresher and much more nutritious for their young, growing bodies. They just need to make it available and prepare it in a way in which children will enjoy it without dwelling on the past.

What sort of message are those schools sending kids when they go back and decide to serve pizza and french fries in lieu of fresh orange slices and crisp salads? A terrible message if you ask me.

This issue is not going away, in fact, almost on a daily basis a new school here and there are making the decision to revert back to the old lunches for next year. Some are doing so yet in this school year, with only a few weeks left in the academic year.

If I were a parent of a child I would be very concerned and upset. I would also pack my child his/her lunch every day and be sure he/she is eating what they should be eating. Not what the school boards think they should be eating.

It really is up to adults to model good behavior for children. How is this modeling good, healthy behavior for our kids by opting to serve pizza and french fries? Don’t even get me started on flavored milk, sports drinks, juice drinks and soda pop!

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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