Q: What are your tips for getting my kid to eat healthier at school?
A: At school, our kids are given unhealthy (mostly highly processed, microwaved and packaged) foods and drinks (mostly soda and HFC sweetened) on campuses and in cafeterias. Instead of real and nutritious food, they are eating food that doesn’t help their brains or bodies develop optimally. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Healthy School Lunch Campaign say that the “menus served in school lunch programs are too rich in saturated fat and cholesterol and too low in fiber- and nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.”
It’s up to us to make requests to our school boards to make healthy changes in the meals and snacks that include less sugar, trans fats and high fructose corn syrup, and more fresh foods, whole grain items, and organic or local ingredients. Think about it at all schools, including preschools, daycare, Sunday school, and college. Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver is an inspiration on how to get things changed. He started a Food Revolution — a national movement to change the way America eats.