Are we making school meals great again?
Have school meals ever been great for our children? I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever been enthused by a school lunch. As a dietitian nutritionist, I have worked in Headstart (preschools) and after-school programs evaluating the quality of school snacks and lunches, and can attest to the fact that the food we feed our children in schools is usually not delicious, nutritious, nor high quality. Under the Obama administration, nutritionists, the medical community, and concerned parents experienced unprecedented support to improve the nutritional quality of the food we serve our children. Using school lunch policies and the Let’s Move Campaign, Mrs. Michelle Obama and the Obama administration dedicated resources to promoting the health of our children through balanced eating. While there were obvious challenges in changing school lunch menus, independent studies conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that improvements were being steadily achieved in providing better nutrition for our children. You can read Marion Nestle’s short and sweet post on the improvements we’ve made under the Obama administration’s rules for school food. Granted, by the end of the Obama Administration, our school lunches were still not yet ideal; however, they were well on their way to being great with the help of regulations that adhered to dietary recommendations for improved health.