ABC World News: New School Lunch Rules. No Surprise! Our Brats Rebel!

School Lunch09-26-2012 ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer reports that the new mandated guidelines for healthy school lunches aren’t going over too well in the school cafeterias.  It seems some kids are throwing out their lunches saying they are too healthy, while some kids say it’s not enough calories and they are hungry! In an effort to fight the national childhood obesity crisis,  the USDA now has calorie limitations on school lunches. ABC’s Senior National Correspondent,  Jim Avila tells us more.

He reports that the new guidelines restrict elementary school lunch to 650 calories, middle school lunch to 700 calories, and 850 calories for high school lunch.

Teachers and students at one Kansas high school protested these new calorie cutting menus by creating this You Tube video gone viral.

But Avila says you can still find pizza, chicken nuggets, and french fries on the menu, but not every day. Also, half of each plate must be filled with vegetables and fruit and each tray must have milk or a fruit smoothy.  Students can also go back for seconds of fruits and vegetables.

What was shocking was how much food was thrown out in the cafeterias.  Jim Avila visited a school in suburban Chicago where high school students analyzed their lunch waste.  Some examples of amounts thrown out daily were 46 unopened boxes of pears and 111 vegetable containers.

Kay McKeen from SCARCE (School and Community Assistance
for Recycling and Composting Education) in Glen Ellyn, Illinois told ABC News that schools are telling them there is a 50% increase in the amount of lunchroom trash.

Now, the USDA says that the new menu is working in some schools and the rules are long overdue.  Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture says “this is really about our children and the health of our children and making sure that we do a better job of providing fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy and whole grains. Why? Because a third of our youngsters are obese or at risk of being obese.”

Jim Avila says that while the healthy food is there on the tray, the challenge for America’s lunch ladies is to get the kids to eat it!

We, at ANewDayANewMe.com wonder if maybe some of our kids are a little too spoiled, a little too indulged, a little too entitled, a little too used to fast food or maybe they are just not hungry enough!

One solution may be to pack your own lunch or perhaps move to France!
 

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