Monday, September 21, 2009

What's In a School Lunch?

Check out this post on school lunches on Good.Is.com. I'm a huge fan of graphics, because while some of us can read statistics and put them into perspective, others rely on visual cues to understand the information we're given. And this blog entry's graphic, which depicts a typical processed food lunch (seriously, a soft pretzel as an entree?) that still falls under outdated USDA guidelines and a healthier alternative to the scary school lunch we've all experienced as kids, puts the school lunch dilemma into perspective.

How do you feel about it? I may not be a parent yet, but I would not want my child eating some of the undercooked, fatty crimes against real food that I remember in our cafeteria. Aside from preparing your child's lunch every day (which, lucky for me, my mother was able to do for us in elementary school), contact your local Congressional representative and petition them on this issue. With a renewed interested in reforming the American diet, thanks to the President and First Lady, now is the time to put this issue on the agenda for change.

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