Yesterday, the School Nutrition Association launched National School Lunch Week, a celebration of the positive changes that have been made in school lunch across the United States. As part of the campaign, many schools will raise awareness about the new nutrition standards for school meals, hosting special events such as “Take Your Parents to Lunch Day.”
Here at Integrative Nutrition, we applaud these efforts, but we know we can still do more. What children eat affects everything, from their mood to their academic success. Nutritious meals - composed of fruits, vegetables, slow-digesting carbohydrates and responsibly raised proteins - help children stay full and energized throughout the day, allowing them to concentrate and absorb information more easily. Moreover, balanced meals can help combat childhood obesity, a growing issue that affects not only children’s health, but also their self-confidence.
It’s time to take a vested interest in our children’s nutrition. Schools cannot stand alone in this fight. It is up to parents, friends and family members to help feed your kids well in a world that doesn’t.
Here’s what you can do!
- Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Learning begins long before lunch, so choose a healthy, satisfying meal to start the day strong.
- Share school lunch experiences through social media. One of our favorite new resources is Jamie Oliver’s “School Foods Rule” Pinterest board. Add photos from your school’s lunch to help celebrate and motivate long-term, healthy change.
- Get inspired by amazing graduates who are already fighting for school lunch reform.
How will you celebrate National School Lunch Week?