Thursday, May 04, 2006

The truly bold step is eating school lunches

NEWS ITEM: "This is a bold step forward in the struggle to help 35 million young people lead healthier lives. This one policy can add years and years and years to the lives of a very large number of young people." --Former President Clinton, announcing that the nation's largest beverage distributors have agreed to halt nearly all sales of sodas to public schools -- a step that will remove the sugary, caloric drinks from vending machines and cafeterias around the country.
The only thing left in the bold struggle to improve young people's health is to improve their cafeteria food. Pictured here is a "healthy" lunch at the Chicago Public Schools. The typical lunch has a slice of pizza instead of the chicken. Note the "vegetable" offering.

BTW, guess what the biggest complaint students have about these lunches. Yep, not enough fries. Bring on the carbs!

4 Comments:

Blogger art attack said...

I would think that the puke green color of the tray would be enough to cause anyone to not eat thus not taking in the high calories and fat that is sitting on the tray. You try putting healthy things such as rice with steamed greens and a splash of balsamic vinegar or marinated tofu with a tomato reduction and you will get an instant yuck reaction. Get some nice looking trays and well, same reaction but it will sure look better.

7:51 AM  
Blogger ap said...

speaking of colors, ask jenska what she thinks of all the brown and white food on this tray

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie Oliver has been getting some traction on this in England. Too bad most schools can't aford a few extra dollars and time for the health of their students.
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/PersonOfWeek/story?id=1173890&page=1

10:21 AM  
Blogger Jenska said...

I find it interesting that they have retained the 50-year old trays to add some color to the meal!

2:08 PM  

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