|February 28, 2005|
Last year, an advocacy group called The Children’s Alliance published “Nutrition and Schools.” The report is based on focus group discussions with high school students and their parents.
Lunch menus were typically described as including chicken nuggets, nachos, pizza, corn dogs, fries, cookies, chips and hamburgers. Only a few students said they intentionally choose healthier options, such as salad or yogurt. Virtually no student reported bringing lunch from home – not cool, they said. The report said “When asked if they ever thought about eating wheat bread instead of white, or chicken breasts rather than legs,” the report noted, “most students responded with blank stares.
This may indicate that they have a general understanding – such as cookies are bad, vegetables are good – but have a hard time making more sophisticated distinctions like high glycemic carbohydrates, starches and sugars.
If you have kids, teach them the difference between good wholesome food and foods that are only empty calories. If you already do this, kudos to you.
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