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No Appetite for Good-for-You School Lunches
New York Times ^ | October 5, 2012 | VIVIAN YEE

Posted on 10/06/2012 5:15:20 AM PDT by reaganaut1

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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which required public schools to follow new nutritional guidelines this academic year to receive extra federal lunch aid, has created a nationwide version of the age-old parental challenge: persuading children to eat what is good for them.

Because the lunches must now include fruits and vegetables, those who clamor for more cheese-laden nachos may find string beans and a peach cup instead. Because of limits on fat and sodium, some of those who crave French fries get baked sweet-potato wedges. Because of calorie restrictions, meat and carbohydrate portions are smaller. Gone is 2-percent chocolate milk, replaced by skim.

“Before, there was no taste and no flavor,” said Malik Barrows, a senior at Automotive High School in Brooklyn, who likes fruit but said his classmates threw away their mandatory helpings on the cafeteria floor. “Now there’s no taste, no flavor and it’s healthy, which makes it taste even worse.”

Students organized lunch strikes in a suburb of Pittsburgh, where in late August the hashtag “brownbagginit” was trending on Twitter, and outside Milwaukee, where the Mukwonago High School principal, Shawn McNulty, said participation in the lunch program had fallen 70 percent.

“There is a reduction in nacho chips, there is a reduction in garlic bread, but there’s actually an increase in fruits and vegetables,” Mr. McNulty said. “That’s a tough sell for kids, and I would be grumbling, too, if I was 17 years old.”

In New Jersey, more than 1,200 people have joined a Facebook group that urges Parsippany Hills High School students to boycott the school lunches. Despite the enticement of a Chinese-themed lunch a week ago Friday, the first day of the strike, only a few students bought anything from the cafeteria, according to the strike organizers.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: food; lunch; public; schoollunches; schools
The Federal government should stop micromanaging school lunches -- and a lot of other things.
1 posted on 10/06/2012 5:15:25 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

There is hope for the next generation. May they nurture the budding spirit of rebellion against the nanny state that will soon tell them which hand to wipe with.


2 posted on 10/06/2012 5:18:59 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: reaganaut1

Oddly enough - this may actually HURT Obama. At a school in my area, as I walked through the hall, a student walked toward friends and complained, “Michelle Obama has ruined it for everybody - there is nothing good to eat in the cafeteria anymore!”

This administration is micro-managing the population in so many ways that they may find they have lost “splinter groups” which, in a close election can make a difference.


3 posted on 10/06/2012 5:21:44 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: reaganaut1

Isn’t this one of the activities of the federal government invisioned by the Founding Fathers?


4 posted on 10/06/2012 5:26:14 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: reaganaut1

“If our task is to get young kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, we have to be willing to put up with the waste,” he said

Boy, that just says it all! I think that is their motto for everything.


5 posted on 10/06/2012 5:26:35 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: reaganaut1

ABC ran this story as well.

NO mention of Michelle Obama! This was her initiative.

Can you imagine if a Republicam First Lady had a program that flopped?
Yes. She’d be in the headline.


6 posted on 10/06/2012 5:27:41 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: txrefugee

“There is hope for the next generation. May they nurture the budding spirit of rebellion against the nanny state that will soon tell them which hand to wipe with.”

—as long as they don’t tell them to give up on teepee and to use smooth stones.

Anyway, I think this plan is brilliant; the food is now so vile that the kids won’t eat, and then they won’t get so darned fat. Yes, it seems wasteful, but it supports farmers and knocks down future medical costs.

/sarc


7 posted on 10/06/2012 5:28:57 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: reaganaut1

Those kids need to hire that news/weather woman as their spokesperson. She’ll tear those busy-body health nuts a new one.


8 posted on 10/06/2012 5:30:00 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: The Antiyuppie

and that should mean we need to send less funding for school breakfasts, lunches, and dinners....


9 posted on 10/06/2012 5:33:32 AM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: reaganaut1

I’m all for kids eating good healthy food but its not the job of the schools to determine. That’s something that my parents enforced at home.


10 posted on 10/06/2012 5:36:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: reaganaut1

People know they can’t live forever so they try to leave their mark on the world. What a bunch of losers. Celebrity wannabes.


11 posted on 10/06/2012 5:38:00 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: reaganaut1

When my kids were growing up, they liked green vegetables, salad and fruit. They also liked junk food, but we made them eat the healthy stuff first before they could have the junk.

A lot of this goes back to what’s been offered at home throughout their lives.

There are a LOT of adults who will not touch healthy food even though they know they should. That’s the example set for a lot of kids.

If kids have not been served healthy food at home as the primary part of their diet, they are certainly not going to eat it at school.

Next step - government monitors coming into your homes to control what you feed your family. First victims - the families of the school kids who are throwing the peaches into the garbage at school. At least one school has mounted cameras near the garbage cans ostensibly to see what and how much food is being discarded. But it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that the families of the kids who are throwing the stuff away will be called into the principal’s office for a scolding.

If all else fails, just strap a straight jacket on the kids and force feed them. “You will obey.”


12 posted on 10/06/2012 5:42:31 AM PDT by randita
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To: reaganaut1

Calorie restrictions on teenagers makes no physiological sense!!!!

This is when lots of growth occurs, including critical brain growth that makes such functions as reasoning possible! That’s why teenagers eat parent’s refrigerators “out of house and home”!

Michelle obama is a Nazi with no real understanding of nutrition, physiology, or obesity. Anyone who doesn’t know that ALL diets eventually fail is living in la-la land, and should just SHUT UP and STAY OUT of any policy role!!!!


13 posted on 10/06/2012 5:45:19 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: reaganaut1

The worst part of this new program is the calorie restriction, as though every one of our young people need to lose twenty pounds!
As usual, government’s ‘one size fits all’ solution doesn’t fit anyone.
I’ll bet the food is tasteless too. I’m sure those veggies are steamed with nary a bit of salt or butter.
I learned about good nutrition in “health” class in jr. high. Don’t the schools do that anymore?


14 posted on 10/06/2012 5:46:42 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: TigerClaws

“Can you imagine if a Republicam First Lady had a program that flopped?
Yes. She’d be in the headline.”

More like her head would be dropped into a basket.

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

The new nutrition standards have been a major cause of First Lady Michelle Obama in her fight against childhood obesity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthy,_Hunger-Free_Kids_Act_of_2010


15 posted on 10/06/2012 5:50:29 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: reaganaut1

http://www.facebook.com/groups/435644169810435/


16 posted on 10/06/2012 5:51:04 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: randita
Next step - government monitors coming into your homes to control what you feed your family.

If that is tried at my house, you will be reading about me in the headlines.

But it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that the families of the kids who are throwing the stuff away will be called into the principal’s office for a scolding.

They would receive a scolding of a lifetime from me. I guarantee it wouldn't be pretty.
17 posted on 10/06/2012 6:01:35 AM PDT by jy8z (From the next to last exit before the end of the internet.)
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To: reaganaut1

Nothing healthy about ANY of the bullsh&^ these commies are dishing up! The fruit is in a syup laden with sugar, the beans are processed to the point where they are void of vitamins. Rice (whether it’s brown, white, blue whatever) is one of the worst foods you can consume.

Most parents are too stupid to know any of this as they were raised on the “governmant food and nutition chart” that claimed that 11 servings of bread and rice were good. It promoted “cereal” as well. ALL processed foods are bad.


18 posted on 10/06/2012 6:10:06 AM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: jy8z

This has already happened!!!!

Some ‘official’- still unnamed- took a child’s lunch away in NC, saying it didn’t meet gov’t standards for nutrition. If I recall, there was a turkey sandwich, an apple, fruit juice and something else in the lunch her mother packed at home. The child was REQUIRED to PURCHASE the pink slime FRIED chicken nuggets the school was SELLING.

THAT PERSON WHO MADE THAT STUPID CALL WAS NEVER NAMED.


19 posted on 10/06/2012 6:12:58 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: onevoter

They probably understand that they might lose elections because of this nanny state stuff, but they can’t help it. It’s stronger than them. You see, they are so sure they know better, it’s against their principles to even slow down. God help us from the perfect utopians. History is littered with dead bodies due to them (example - Mao’s preferred agricultural methods that caused millions to starve).


20 posted on 10/06/2012 6:18:45 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: reaganaut1

WTH is a “Chinese-themed lunch”?

Can’t the NYT simply say they had “Chinese food”?

On Monday, I think I’ll announce ask my co-workers “Hey, let’s head over to the joint for a Mexican-themed lunch.”

They might respond, “No, I’m in the mood for the Italian-themed lunch.”


21 posted on 10/06/2012 6:59:41 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: samtheman

Yeah, it was tucked into the constitution just below the abortion provision, but before the section on gay marriage.


22 posted on 10/06/2012 7:48:31 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: Delta Dawn

Basically the constitutional concept is that there is no such thing as a constitution.


23 posted on 10/06/2012 7:56:17 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: reaganaut1

Unexpected.


24 posted on 10/06/2012 8:14:44 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: marstegreg

They waste the food because it’s awful. I’ve been to school cafeterias since this has become law and they force the kids to take big scoops of bland, overcooked vegetables.

Imagine peas that have been cooking for hours so they become mush, broccoli and beans reduced to a pale, limp, unseasoned mound. “Salads” made up of shredded lettuce with diced tomatoes.

I like to eat healthy, but the food they serve would send me looking for a Snickers bar.


25 posted on 10/06/2012 8:22:44 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

My boys have been “brown bagging” since the first day of the 2012 school year. They told me that there “might” be something edible on the menu but it is not often. they agree that 75% of the food served is garbage (literally)!


26 posted on 10/06/2012 8:33:03 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: jy8z
If the kids are being forced to accept a Somali school diet...

...the school admin shouldn't be surprised by a good old fashion USA version of Somali 'technicals' pushback.

27 posted on 10/06/2012 8:52:01 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: marstegreg

Kids should dump every bit of that slop into the trash, without fail and as soon as they get it.


28 posted on 10/06/2012 9:04:36 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: CatherineofAragon

I volunteered for lunch duty several times and what they call green beans (which are not even green) I would feed to my dog!


29 posted on 10/06/2012 9:13:04 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: marstegreg

It makes me sick that schools are going along with this crap, apparently without question.


30 posted on 10/06/2012 10:22:56 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: MediaMole
Just get it over with, and serve boiled Lima beans with no salt for lunch.

If they are going to be cheap, and least add some fiber to their diet.

I have also heard that it is no longer legal to feed hogs any slop from cafeterias or restaurants. Now where does it go?

31 posted on 10/06/2012 11:33:39 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

Throw in a ham hock for the salt, along with an onion and garlic, my kids wouldn’t eat it but it was good when I was a kid, with fresh baked bread and butter.


32 posted on 10/06/2012 12:09:34 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: texas booster; Little Bill

I always loved lima beans. (My mom would say I loved everything)

With ham hocks, or with sausage, and I like everything spicy, so I’ll put red peppers in it too... Slices of corn bread on the bottom of the plate, cover it with the beans and meat, corn bread with butter on the side, and then, if you got some cold butter milk to go with it...oh man.


33 posted on 10/06/2012 12:19:04 PM PDT by Tuanedge (Warriors victorious in a hundred battles, flee when a tiger enters their tent.)
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To: Tuanedge; Little Bill
Come on, guts! This is our benevolent overlords we are talking about!

MEAT?!? HAM?!? Real Butter? Like our government fat farms will ever serve something that is not halal or on the daily food pyramid.

Corn bread? Too ethnic (pick one of many to pretend to be offended).

Buttermilk? Do you know the fat content? Nothing but extra skim or blue milk for these wards of the state.

Fresh baked bread? Gives off too many volatiles outside the bakery, so no longer allowed.

Onions and garlic? Nope, not those either. Religious sensitivities against vampires, plus offensive breath.

Sorry, the kids get lima beans served the old Soviet way - tasteless cold gruel.

34 posted on 10/06/2012 9:12:03 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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