Better school meals make a big difference to kids
Getting kids to eat healthy is a problem at school as well as in the home. A study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health has found that healthy alterations to menus in schools are succeeding in making a difference, with school children consuming more vegetables and fruits thanks to the new school lunch program.
In the fall of 2012 school cafeterias began serving more fruits, whole grains and vegetables and while some critics complained about the changes and claimed too much food was being thrown away, the Harvard study has found that children are in fact eating better and that no more food is being wasted than was the case before.
Children are required by the new program to eat fruit, and the consumption of vegetables is now up by about one cup per week. However kids are still leaving too much food uneaten and more strategies are required to be able to offer healthy meals that children actually want to eat.