According to a School Nutrition Dietary Assessment, school lunch programs are still not up to par when it comes to nutrition.Â The Assessment evaluated 130 school districts across the United States which included 2,314 students in first through twelfth grade.
The study found:
With all the focus on childhood obesity and the lack of nutrition in over 80% of our children's diet, we hope that school meals have improved since this survey.Â But with studies coming out 4 years later, it is hard to tell and meanwhile, kids need good nutrition now while they are growing.
So what can we do as parents.Â No easy answer but a common one.Â Good nutrition habits really start at home and learned from the greatest advertisement and role model kids have...their parents.
Here are some questions to ask:Â Do you know what your child is served in the school cafeteria?Â What is their vending machine policy?Â Does your school have a Wellness Policy? Food for thought...
To read about the study published in Journal of the American Dietitic Association, click here.