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March devoted to issue we should mind everyday: good nutrition

fruits-and-vegetablesAs the lion and lamb weather of March rolls in, the American Dietetic Association kick-offs National Nutrition Month.

This annual campaign is designed to educate citizens about the importance of exercise and making healthy day-to-day food choices.

Changing habits as an adult is possible, but extremely difficult—especially if it means reinventing your entire lifestyle. That’s why it’s especially important to education children and teens about nutrition—helping them to understand that a healthy lifestyle should be a top priority.

Statistics about national childhood obesity are nothing short of disturbing. One third of America’s children are overweight or obese, according to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign.    

On average, children spend nearly half of their waking hours in school, so it is imperative the nutritional school lunches are provided. A recent study in Michigan found that children who ate the school lunch regularly were at a higher risk for obesity, The New York Times reports.  

Naomi Dillon|March 2nd, 2011|Categories: Governance, Wellness, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , , |

Film continues to underscore importance of healthy diet in U.S.


I think it was a coincidence, but this weekend the 2004 documentary “Super Size Me” showed up on cable. Since the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization consumed much of my work last week, it somehow seemed appropriate to review filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s assault on McDonalds and its influence on an increasingly overweight and unhealthy American population.

It had been several years since my husband and I had watched Morgan spend 30 days of his life eating three meals a day from McDonalds menus and documenting the impact on his body (a gain of almost 25 lbs., plus a fatty liver issues, depression, and an addiction to high-fat, high carbohydrate food). The experiment—while extreme—did make us question our own eating habits and bemoan all the fast food we’d consumed in our earlier years.

What we’d both forgotten was that Morgan didn’t spend his entire 30 days investigating McDonalds—along the way on his cross-country trip, he visited several schools. At a West Virginia elementary school, he toured a school cafeteria freezer with a cook who showed him the vats of frozen, high-fat processed foods sent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the federal school lunch program.

The worker explained that she and her colleagues rarely made food from scratch but merely reheated items such as barbeque pork sandwiches. Morgan also interviewed students at a Wisconsin high school who cobbled together lunches of French fries, potato chips, candy bars, and high sugar drinks from the school’s cafeteria line and vending machines.

Naomi Dillon|December 6th, 2010|Categories: Governance, Wellness, Policy Formation, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , |
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