Do you remember what you were served for lunch in elementary school? I do, and it did not include potato pearls! It is a shame that children, most of whom already struggle to find responsible role models, have to look up to a lunch lady (most likely the only “chef” they know) that reheats potato like substances and calls them nutritious. What type of example does that set for children?
I know that I have abused le truc’s mission statement by repeating it every time I blog – you cannot live a healthy lifestyle without having access to healthy food at a price you can afford. Jamie Oliver is on to something and I know that it is going to take more than a reality show to change the tide. I recently read an article that broke down the current food budgets allocated to most school lunch programs – $1.63 per child per day! I will give anyone reading this blog a lifetime supply of free food at le truc if you can bring me a healthy lunch supporting the five basic food groups for this price.
This fight starts at home by helping parents to become better role models to their children - serve vegetables at dinner, include their children when they go grocery shopping (teach them why items on the their list are included in the five basic food groups), identify harmful products and explain why they are bad and last but not least be a good example by exercising portion control and eating well balanced meals – anyone remember the clean plate club? Child obesity is a huge problem in the United States and is something we need to correct as many adult health problems like congestive heart failure, breast cancer and pulmonary embolism occur due to poor eating habits.
Hugh and I understand the importance of this issue and want to help fight the good fight. Please join us by going to your children’s school district and asking them what they plan to do about this problem. With budget cuts looming it is only a matter of time before we see physical education programs disappear, if they have not already, taking away one of the best avenues for educating elementary school children about the importance of daily exercise and healthy eating. Stand up to your school board and demand that they become accountable for solving these problems. Please read the following article and sign Jamie Oliver’s petition to help do your part.