Healthier Eating Habits

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Promoting healthier eating habits in schools is a major issue across the United States. However, there have been major changes made to improve the nutrition and health of the students eating breakfast and lunch at school. Helping students develop healthier eating habits at school can be an important part of the struggle against childhood obesity and ultimately help improve the health of students in elementary, middle, and high school. A relationship between childhood obesity and school feeding programs has been prevalent when the availability of snack foods and beverages in schools began to increase (Grainger, Senauer, & Runge, 2007). Children may not realize all of the benefits they are receiving from eating a healthy lunch, but their bodies will certainly respond to the healthy food. These days, many schools are taking shortcuts and serving unhealthy foods to save time and money, which is at the expense of the children. Instead, we need to focus on these benefits of the effects on kids of eating healthy cafeteria lunches (Salisbury, C. G. 2004). The involvement that promotes healthy eating can work if the schools are willing to enforce healthy eating habits during breakfast and lunch. School food service directors often must focus on ease of preparation rather than healthy options because they lack both the skilled staff and facilities necessary to do more (Grainger, Senauer, & Runge, 2007). Since there are many schools that depend on major food service vendors to supply highly processed foods that require little more than heating to prepare we are trying to change that. Faced with tight budgets, food service operations are driven by cost considerations and a need to serve what students will eat (Salisbury, C. G. 2004). We want to implement healthy eating choices that are part of a well balanced diet. In order to do this we must first change the choices…...

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