Grade Schools Vindicated, Sort of…

OK, so the local elementary school curriculum on health is better than I thought. After my recent grumblings about their deficient coverage of healthy eating habits, my second-grader came home a few days later with a 27-page booklet and completed nutrition quiz (score: 27 out of 28. Triumph!) There were charts and vivid pictures of foods that kids actually eat (fried rice, quesadillas, tuna sandwiches, fruit roll-ups) with exercises on identifying the Food Groups involved in these “mixed foods.” And there were queries on activities that keep you healthy:

  1. watching TV
  2. baseball
  3. playing computer
  4. soccer

Not bad. I’m pretty sure we didn’t touch on this stuff before junior high school in my day. (Maybe there was no need?) In any case, you can’t start early enough to “foster good eating and exercise habits for a lifetime,” as the booklet says. So how come the staple entrees in the school lunch menu include pepperoni pizza, French toast sticks with pork sausage, and PB&J on white bread with chips? I guess it’s a good sign that my daughter now refuses to buy lunch (which means more lunches for mom to pack!).

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2 Responses

  1. Jo
    Jo April 2, 2005 at 5:33 am | | Reply

    Just the other day I checked out the school menu at the schools around here. I don’t have children, so never have had to do that before. I found they offered good foods, but that was it “offered”. There were many breakfast meals with doughnuts and such. And we know that unless kids are taught what to eat, they will more than not, take the bad stuff. Yet – it was good to see them offering salads and such. But alas, they still had pizza.

  2. Amy Tenderich
    Amy Tenderich April 2, 2005 at 8:11 am | | Reply

    Yes, Jo, exactly! My daughter’s school offers a full salad bar every day, but I’ve personally watched all the kids walk right past it.

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