Save Our Children from the Tater Tot & Pizza Buffet!

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(Photo credit: The Whole Kids Foundation website)

Schools across the country are serving up TV dinner style lunches. It’s a haven of greasy, salty, sugary, processed madness. Our child won’t be entering the school system for another six years. This doesn’t stop me from having panic attacks over the future of his lunch tray. Although Nate has yet to start solids, my husband and I have already discussed how to educate him on making the right choices concerning food. Although we can create a “danger” free zone in the privacy of our own home (no soda, refined sugar, processed foods); we’ll have to let him out the door eventually where he’ll undoubtedly become exposed to other food options. His cafeteria experience will more or less consist of assorted junk food with a “veggie or fruit of the day.” Great, he can have a clementine with his chicken nugget lard platter. If you experience a false sense of trust that schools are offering up assortments of produce take a peek at the blog: www.fedupwithlunch.comwhere a grade school teacher decided to expose the truth about school lunches (ugly truth my friends). I’m not naive enough to assume Nate will travel to school everyday with a hand-packed lunch and note from mommy (I’m not that organized) nor am I naive enough to assume his veggie-tastic home prepared meal won’t meet the trash can upon discovery of that day’s onion ring special. 

Let’s face it, we plan on educating our son to make healthy choices in a world full of terrifying food options but he’s not going to opt for an entire tray of broccoli because it’s the only vegetable school is offering that day. If our schools have healthy options such as salad bars, whole grains, and fruits; I’ll feel less paranoid about my son’s consumption. According to the Whole Kids Foundation children with access to a salad bar eat three times the produce of children without one. If there is something harmful happening at our children’s schools (feeding nutrient-free food for half their daily intake qualifies) we need reform. If your child is already in school, educate yourself on the current lunch options. If you don’t like what you see, which is highly likely, than advocate for change and get involved with your child’s school lunch program.Whole Kids Foundation

(Photo credit: The Whole Kids Foundation website)

Through the Whole Kids Foundation you can help your child’s school apply for a salad bar grant or involve the school with the Healthy Teachers Program (you can get steps on their website http://www.wholekidsfoundation.org). If you’re unfamiliar with Whole Food’s Whole Kids Foundation, it’s dedicated to helping children eat healthier and enjoy nutritious foods. They offer resources such as a school garden grant program; school salad bar program; the Healthy Teachers Program; and resources for families such as healthy recipes or tips for educating children on healthy eating. 

The Whole Kids Foundation is currently working with our school system (Chicago Public School System) to provide salad bars in schools, so Dan and I get involve by donating to that cause. In the coming years, when we move to the suburbs and Nate attends school we plan on knocking over vending machines and ripping pizza slices out of cafeteria workers’ hands (we’ll stick to the Whole Kids philosophy). I’m not affiliated with the foundation, just an avid Whole Foods shopper who advocates for teaching/allowing our children to eat healthy. No matter how you get involved, you’re helping to create a healthier future for our children. Disastrously, a plague of harmful food has afflicted our children for far too long. This has resulted in a higher prevalence of illness such as diabetes, childhood cancer, asthma, allergies, and even behavioral disorders as a direct result of what we are/have been feeding them.

Happy advocating & educating!


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