A healthy school environment supports healthier food options for students also allows the children to be healthier and to performing to their full academic potential.
The school environment has a great of influence on children and their families since most of their time is spent in school. Therefore, it is very important that the schools support healthy eating habits as children will take that with them into their adult lives.
We live in a world where everyone is moving at such fast pace and we like convenience schools and parents seem to have forgotten about the value of a well-balanced meal. Instead of cooking parents rely on fast food restaurants to provide calorie-dense meals for their families. In schools unhealthy eating habits were the same from those the unhealthy cafeteria meals to the vending machines student were able to purchase junk food, carbonated drinks and sweets. As a result children were becoming overweight, develop diabetes and other health issues. Survey shows that from 1998 through 2003, the prevalence of obesity increased from 13.05% to 15.21%, and the prevalence of extreme obesity increased from 1.75% to 2.22%.
The program was designed to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy eating habits in children, one strategy was to implement changes to the breakfast and lunch menus to include proteins needed to provide energy, vitamins and minerals from foods such as fruits and vegetables to replace sweets, whole wheat bread, low fat milk or water to substitute for those carbonated drinks. Replacing even a few refined flour products with whole grains in a child’s diet will help provide the dietary fiber necessary to help maintain a healthy body weight.
Students with known food allergy are provided a substitution. There are several menu options available to accommodate their needs such as lactose free milk for students who are not able to consume lactose or fluid milk, on days when the menu consists of...