Archive for September 1st, 2010

The hustle and bustle to get school supplies, new clothes, and adapt to schedule changes may cause parents to neglect the importance of their child’s school lunch. Each day more than fifty-five percent of America’s children choose a lunch provided by the school. Forty percent of those children admit the significant role their friends play in whether or not they eat that school lunch.

Parents, however, also influence choices and serve as role models. The foods parents eat will more likely appeal to their children. Thus, parents’ attitudes and practices make a difference. The following tips adapted from recommendations by the American Dietetic Association help assure your child will eat healthier at school.

  • Encourage healthy eating by speaking positively about school lunches and workers.
  • Post a copy of the school menu on your refrigerator and ask the school for nutritional information about it. Your interest shows concern for your child’s health.
  • Discuss the menu with your child and teach which selections are healthier. Children don’t automatically know which foods are best for them. They need help in making wise choices and understanding the importance of a healthy diet.
  • Meet the school foodservice staff. If possible, occasionally visit the school and have breakfast or lunch with your younger child. Your involvement demonstrates care about your child’s environment and the foods available when away from you.
  • For those days when the school serves favorite foods of hamburgers, tacos, or pizza, encourage your child to add a salad, fruit, and/or yogurt or milk.

As you plan for another school year, don’t forget healthy food choices. Good nutrition is an important part of learning.

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