Studies have demonstrated a link
between poor nutrition and learning in children. Lead researchers report that
well-fed children learn better than poorly fed children. Studies (1990) show
that students who participate in either the school breakfast or lunch program
get significantly higher intakes of almost all nutrients than non-participants.
In addition, the studies have found a positive impact between school breakfast
or lunch participation and school attendance.
New research findings show that a
lack of sufficient food during childhood, even on a relatively mild basis, is
far more serious than previously thought. It can produce cognitive impairments
in children, which may last a lifetime. However, evidence also suggests that
adequate nutrition can prevent many of these undesirable outcomes and is
capable of modifying harm that has actually occurred.
Here are 15 ways we’re making our
schools’ breakfast and lunch programs healthier:
- All bagged snacks for students to purchase on a la
carte lines are closely evaluated for calorie, sugar, fat, sodium, and
- All hamburger patties contain TVP or soy protein, which
is pure protein with no fat.
- The hot dogs are Briar Start (formerly Hillshire Farms).
Hot dogs are reduced fat and reduced sodium.
- Food Service operates only the juice/water vending
machines in middle schools. One-half of the commission for these seven
machines is split with the school.
- All salad dressings and tartar sauce offered are
reduced-fat or fat-free products.
- All canned fruits are packed in either juice or light
- Applesauce is unsweetened.
- 90% of the milk sold/distributed through the Food
Service Department is non-fat chocolate.
- The department does not put margarine or butter on
dinner rolls. Margarine and peanut butter are available at the high
- All cold sandwich choices are prepared using buns made
with 51% whole wheat white flour, which have 3 grams of fiber.
- The middle school a la carte program offers a limited
number of items. It is intended to supplement the lunch program. Choices
include sandwiches, entrée salads, fresh fruit,
baked bag snacks, small peanut butter and jelly Uncrustables, mozzarella cheese
sticks, smart snack approved snacks, milk, and cereal.
- We changed the elementary/middle school pizza to Smart
by Tony’s, a lower-fat, higher-fiber pizza.
- Add grain/bread products are 51% whole grain.
- All menus meet the requirements of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.
- All breakfast cereals are reduced sugar and whole grain.
for a comprehensive source of information on nutrition and dietary guidance
from multiple government agencies.