School lunches are back in the news again as school begins again this fall. Schools are attempting to meet the new standards created by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which include lower fat items, more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and limiting sugar, salt, saturated and trans fats as well as calories. Last year these changes met with resistance from the kids themselves as they rejected the new menu items and restrictions. However, some school districts are trying to meet these guidelines by offering menus with appeal to kids who often have never tried some of the foods. An article a year ago describes some of the ideas that some school districts are trying to improve the health of our kids as well as the menus..
But the trouble still exists. Some districts are planning on dropping out this year and some are considering it in the near future. Many kids are not yet happy with the changes. This appears to be the status a year later.
Who knows at this point whether these changes will last or become successful? It appears to me that the key to acceptance is taste, appeal and education. We cannot just throw these foods at our kids and expect them to automatically accept them. We should also offer education about these healthier foods as well as at earlier ages let the kids participate more in their preparation.