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 tardiness.

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 fat.

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/.