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About a month ago, one of my worst nightmares came true when Brayden said to me :
“Mom, I want to buy lunch at school”
I was kinda hoping that he would somehow not notice the processed pizzas,hamburgers, hot dogs and tater tots walking by on trays in the cafeteria as he was noshing on his almond butter sandwich and apple,carrot sauce…
dream on mom…
So then comes the big question:
What is a mom like me to do?
I agreed to let him buy his lunch once a week, in hopes that once he did it, the novelty would wear off.
That brings me to the big point.
Why are school lunches provided by the cafeteria so processed and unhealthy when all we talk about is the rising rate of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in our country?
My mom always sends me articles that she thinks I would enjoy online.
Last week, she sent me an article that was focused on the state of Colorado and what they are doing to combat these preventable diseases in our children ( see related npr article below).
Guess what they are doing?
You guessed it (or maybe you didn’t ?), an initiative to train cafeteria staff to go back to cooking from scratch in the schools.
Live Well Colorado is working to get the processed foods out of their schools’ cafeteria’s and educate children and families to make good nutritional choices.
Their website is so great and shows some amazing progress.
This is what we need across America.
I emailed Live Well Colorado to see if there are any other states or organizations bringing these types of initiatives to their states, (I wanted to jump onboard in Oregon!) and sadly, there are no other non-profits using this model…
I am so bummed.
So, I might have found my new mission…??? It takes a lot of money, but if Colorado can do it, can’t we?
What are your thoughts about school cafeteria lunches and what we can do about it?
- One Lunch Lady’s Cafeteria Conversion (npr.org)
- One Lunch Lady’s Cafeteria Conversion (wnyc.org)
- 5 Ways to Help Kids Get Interested in Healthy Eating (healthykidschallenge.wordpress.com)