Waste Factor

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Another factor of food waste is the act limiting children’s caloric intake in the fight against childhood obesity; the government has overlooked the nutritional needs of students that are not obese. The worst part is that the children are still hungry despite the numerous fresh fruit and vegetables offered to the students. They chose to throw them in the trash instead of eat them. The new lunch program has become a national influence of more waste and hunger. Childhood obesity is on the rise, so understanding the directive behind government’s smaller portions is not difficult to recognize. Since not all of our nation’s children are obese, therefore, each child has different nutritional needs. Some children burn more than the limited calorie guidelines, so they may still be hungry after lunch. When children are hungry, they may choose to eat items that they find at the convenience store after school; namely junk food.
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act is just an act. If children are still hungry, they may not be receiving enough from the new act menu. Children are not necessarily healthier, because they are not consuming the healthier options provided by the act. “There are studies that show higher fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with lower body weight, no difference in body weight or, in fact, higher body weight,” says Richard Mattes, a professor of foods and nutrition at Purdue University”( Mantel). When children retire home to devour the calories they did not consume while in school, we are not successfully fighting the obesity problem with this act. Thus, a need for nutrition education is a vital need we are not addressing with the act.
Nevada lacks in the educational stance most states have implemented on nu...

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...rogram is not working. We need to implement a better strategy when it comes to our children’s nutrition, and the future of our environment. We can create a solution to these waste factors by, giving students more time during their lunch periods and less forceful food requirements, which will generate less waste of unwanted food. Begin controlling our school food waste with the use of composting instead of the use of landfills. We can use the generated compost to create school gardens; in turn, teach children about nutrition with the assistance of these school gardens. In addition, incorporate nutrition education for parents, utilizing the USDA help in which other states have taken advantage of and benefited from. A reevaluation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids act, and the local lunch program is in the best interest of our district, our community, and our children.
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