It’s becoming more evident that when students sit down to eat the food served by their school cafeteria, they join a growing crisis in our country. A study coming from the University of Michigan has reported that over 50% of children’s meals get processed before they are served, meaning that more often than not fruits and vegetables are not on the menu. Such unhealthy options are putting 29% of school children on the path to obesity, reports the NY Times, and the percentage is only increasing.
It’s time for students to take charge of the situation! Our foundation is working to bring more gardens schools so fruits and vegetables can be served at a reduced cost. To raise awareness about the poor quality of our food, we are encouraging students to help us celebrate BRING YOUR LUNCH TO SCHOOL WEEK (September 9 – September 13). By bringing healthier foods on our own, we can show our schools what makes us smile most in the cafeteria.
University of Michigan – http://closup.umich.edu/publications/misc/Community-Based-Sustainable-Food-Systems.pdf
NY Times – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/health/research/08childhood.html?_r=0
Cover Photo – http://presidentialfellows.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/school_lunch.jpg