The average cost to produce a lunch
in the Oshkosh Area School District is $2.34.
The Oshkosh Area School District
served over 202,000 breakfasts and 863,000 lunches to students during the
2011-12 school year.
A student lunch in the Oshkosh Area
School District on average provides less than 30% of total calories from fat and
less than 10% of total calories from saturated fat.
Fresh fruit is the most popular
snack among boys and girls ages 2-12.
Students who have recess before
lunch will drink more milk and eat more fruits and vegetables, leading to a
better intake of nutrients.
Children who eat breakfast are less
likely to be overweight, even though they consume more overall calories.
Children who eat breakfast tend to
have “superior” nutritional status.
One study of high school students in
Springfield High School showed that less than 30% of the soda they purchased
was from school. Only 5% said they would stop drinking soda if it wasn’t
available in their schools.
In the U.S., the average school
lunch schedule allows 20 minutes for lunch. Children who eat breakfast tend to
have greater standardized test scores and reduced rates of absence and
At the same time that childhood
obesity has been on the rise, milk consumption has been on the decline.
Flavored milk is a good decision
despite some added sugar. A study found children who drink flavored milk got
more calcium than those who didn’t … but no more added sugars and no more total
A recent study suggests the more
children eat ready-to-eat cereal, even the sweetened kind, the lower their body
mass index is likely to be. The most frequent cereal-eaters were shown to have
lower fat intakes and higher intakes of micronutrients.
A recent study shows that
individuals who drank diet soda had a better chance of being more overweight or
obese than those who drank regular soda.
The National School Lunch Program
serves over 26 million lunches to children every day across the nation.
The National School Lunch Act was
signed in 1946 under President Harry S. Truman. The legislation came in
response to claims that many American men had been rejected for World War II
military service because of diet-related health problems. The federally
assisted meal program was established as “a measure of national security, to
safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s children and to encourage
the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities.”
USDA makes no claims that organically
produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food.
Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown,
handled, and processed.
In a recent Journal of Pediatrics,
an expert panel concluded that school-age children should participate in 60
minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.
Reaching for a glass of low-fat milk
instead of a soda could help you stay slim, suggest two new studies that show
milk intake is associated with a lower body weight.
For more information about the
school lunch program, go to http://fns.dpi.wi.gov/.