The Children's Fruit and Vegetable Act of 2009 was introduced to Capitol Hill on December 16th. This bill essentially would require all elementary schools to offer a salad bar as part of their lunch program.
Research has shown that having a variety of fruits and vegetables in the cafeteria significantly increases the amount of fruits and vegetables kids eat.
We also have learned that kids will be more apt to try new items when a variety of fruits and vegetables are offered.
This makes sense. Kids, just like us, need variety and have personal likes and dislikes. A salad bar would give them a nice array of choices to meet most kids preferences. Getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is so important for a balanced and healthy diet. Unfortunately, most kids don't get the required amount of these foods which means their body is not getting the nutrition it needs to be healthy, fight diseases and build a strong immune system.
We know that schools across America are trying to find ways to offer better, healthier foods but are strapped by their current budget. We need to step up and support them. Kids are the future of our country.
The Child Reauthorization is happening in early 2010 and important decisions about funding, food quality and requirements will be decided. You can make a difference by contacting your local congressperson.
Other resources for creating a healthy lunch for your child