Skip to comments.Snacks: The USDA's Solution To Student's Healthy Lunch Complaints
Posted on 09/26/2012 5:44:08 PM PDT by neverdem
According to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the solution to the growing grumbling over re-vamped school lunch menus boils down to a good old fashioned snack.
Under the new regulations, cafeterias are required to serve twice as many fruits and vegetables while limiting proteins and carbohydrates. For an average high school student, that means two baked fish nuggets, a cup of vegetables, half a cup of mashed potatoes, one whole grain roll and 8 ounces of fat free milk is the fuel that served to get them through their...
For Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that "scant diet" is a "rude awakening" for schoolchildren across the country. King and Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, introduced the "No Kids Hungry Act" this month to repeal the new lunch menu standards and prohibit the calorie limits.
"Kids are of varying sizes, activity levels and metabolism rates," King wrote in a Des Moines Register op-ed. "How can we expect each child to flourish and grow on subsistence diets? This all because some are overweight."
But it is not just a few overweight kids that are causing calorie cuts across the cafeteria. One out of every four adolescents are too overweight to join the military, according to a report released Tuesday by Mission: Readiness, a group of retired military leaders who claim obesity is now a national security issue.
"Removing the junk food from our schools should be part of comprehensive action that involves parents, schools and communities in helping children make healthy food choices," retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral James Loy said in a statement. "The bottom line is that the armed services must have a sufficient pool of fit young adults to draw from in order to field enough recruits with the excellent qualifications needed to staff a 21st century military."
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Shut up, Admiral, and tend your knitting.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Education is not delegated to the United States by the Constitution. Nor is the diet of school children.
Fruits and vegetables are mostly carbohydrates. How can one increase fruits and vegetable servings while reducing carbohydrates?
Am I the only one who finds this disturbing?
I tracked down these rules and savaged them on the basis of the harm they do to diabetics and the gluten intolerant ~ a good 5% of the student bodies ~ and they didn't bother responding to my statement ~ as is required by law.
Their intent is to take the load off Michelle Obama's butt ~ not to make school lunches healthier.
Here’s and idea:...BRING YOUR OWN FREAKIN’ LUNCH! Then you can have what ever you want with no one deciding for you.
Convicts eat better than these kids.
School lunchrooms now need UN food aid deliveries
It is their lunch, we paid for it after all!
I found it disturbing enough that for the first time in my life I directed a "shut up' to a flag officer.
I don't think this former NCO has ever done that before. But he needs it.
Let them eat snacks!
In some places, they aren't allowed to.
Where have you been?
At first, I scoffed at the fools, then I got depressed, then... I started looking for tips on how to cope.
“two baked fish nuggets”
MMM-MMM! Nothing like “baked fish nuggets” to really get the old stomach rumbling.
Of course, I’m sure only the highest quality, fresh-caught fish went into those ‘nuggets’. (Bleah!)
Disturbing in what way? For Obama as the commander in chief, or for the fact that some of these kids are so fat that they already developed type 2 diabetes, i.e. MODY, Maturity Onset Diabetes in the Young?
The job market is bad news now, especially for kids. The first time I had a regular job was in the Army in 1969. Even if they want to join one of the reserve components, they have to make the standards of active duty to join.
It’s none of the fed’s business.