Schools need to step up as a positive example in the students’ lives because “Schools are a critical part of the social environment… and can therefore play a large role in helping improve [students’] diet” (Health Guidelines). It is unequivocally vital to understand that even though a child may not eat unhealthy school lunches, the fact that schools established a social norm for serving nutritionally insufficient meals is enough to negatively impact that student’s views on nutrition. Furthermore, the current state of nutrition that school students are getting provides irrefutable evidence that positive influence on students’ nutritional habits is critical. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “Children and adolescents consume too much fat, saturated fat, and
From the time they were in elementary school, students have heard about the importance of nutrition. Although they have been taught the value of a balanced, healthy diet, students continue to ignore the recommendations given to them and even complain about the steps that the school administration takes to improve the nutritional quality of the foods within the cafeteria. While the students may not realize it, obesity in children and teenagers has been steadily increasing, and schools nationwide are taking action to combat this epidemic (Rutledge 1). Schools should continue providing healthy foods on the lunch menu, as well as in the vending machines. The growing problem of child obesity is one of the main factors contributing to the promotion of better nutrition in schools.
I believe schools, with the intervention of governmental agencies like the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment (SND... ... middle of paper ... ...on: Creating School Environments And Policies To Promote Healthy Eating And Physical Activity." Milbank Quarterly 87.1 (2009): 71-100. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Feb. 2014 Townsend, Nick, Simon Murphy, and Laurence Moore.
According to Star- Telegram, a daily newspaper that serves Fort Worth and areas of North Texas states, “[School lunches that have] a meal of pizza sticks, a banana, raisins and whole milk has given way to whole wheat spaghetti with meat sauce, a whole wheat roll green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi and low-fat milk … This change will help more than 2.4 million Texas students who receive a free or reduced- price school lunch to lead healthier, more active lives—in and out of the classroom”(Par. 2 and 4). School lunches are supposed to guarantee students a well balance meal, so they can have the energy to proceed with their classes throughout the day. Meanwhile, students who receive a f... ... middle of paper ... ...od Television Ads Use Toys, Movies to Target Kids”. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
There are supposed to be lunch standards at the school which provide a cup serving of fresh fruits. “This Lunch Act can have a negative mental and physical effect on the children” (Schuna). If the children do not eat right at school or at home, then it can cause obesity or other health issues way down the line. Obese children are at greater risks of severe chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Children need to start seeing the importance of eating healthy foods whether they are at home, school, or even going on vacation.
The obesity epidemic is a very severe problem that is especially serious in our nation’s children, and the government is taking several steps with the aim to fix that. 2010’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act aims to allow kids to get balanced, nutritious, yummy school meals as well as exercise that will reduce childhood obesity and other related health issues (Watanabe). While these new laws were set with nothing but good intentions, there is still quite a lot that doesn’t exactly match the lawmakers’ original intentions for the laws’ outcomes. Regulation adjustments called for many changes to the menu offerings along with other alterations, none of which came without a cost to the schools and students. These new rules created by the government, try to make life, and the school environment, better for kids, but they might even make the situation worse by regulating the wrong things in the wrong ways.
It also plays a role in independence as children get older and more mature in what foods they eat and how ti effects them. Removing junk food from cafeterias just remove the option. Obesity can also be combated by lack of physical education and health classes students are required to take. Classes life these could emphasize more on nutrition so students know more about making healthy choices in their foods. Future generations of children all rely on the choices made today about junk food in schools.