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originally posted by: Gryphon66
Assuming you were actually interested, (and that seems doubtful), why don't you do a smidgen of actual research on the issue and report back to us?
Have you read the law? Do you know what the standards are? Do you know how the USDA has worked with State and local governments to implement the standards? Are kids getting enough calories? If not why not?
I'm willing to bet that won't happen, because your post's intention is merely to make it seem like there's some doubt that there's a problem in the first place.
New school lunch standards implemented as a result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign have led to more than 1 million children leaving the lunch line, according to a new report.
The new standards led to kids throwing out their fruits and vegetables, student boycotts, higher lunch costs, and odd food pairings such as “cheese stick with shrimp” in order for schools to comply with the complicated rules.
The report found that 321 districts left the National School Lunch Program altogether, many of which cited the new standards as a factor.
The GAO conducted a nationwide survey of nutrition directors and visited 17 schools in eight school districts for the audit. In each district, “students expressed dislike for certain foods that were served to comply with the new requirements, such as whole grain-rich products and vegetables in the beans and peas (legumes) and red-orange sub-groups, and this may have affected participation.”
The standards brought “negative student reactions.” In one case, middle school and high school students organized a three-week boycott after their school changed their sandwiches to comply with the rules.
All eight School Food Authorities (SFAs) the GAO visited “modified or eliminated” popular food items. One district had to cut cheeseburgers because “adding cheese to the district’s burger patties would have made it difficult to stay within the weekly meat maximums.”
The new standards are exhaustive, including calorie ranges for each age group, sodium limits, zero tolerance for trans fats, and specific ounce amounts for meats and grains. White bread will be mostly phased out beginning in 2014 because only “whole grain rich” items will be allowed.
Portion requirements and calorie limits are also in conflict, leading some SFAs to add unhealthy food such as pudding or potato chips to the menu, and serve odd food combinations in order to meet the rules.
“Students may take the food components they are required to as part of the school lunch but then choose not to eat them,” the GAO said. As a result, 48 out of 50 states cited waste as a challenge.
This decrease was driven primarily by a decline of 1.6 million students eating schoollunch who pay full price for meals, despite increases in students eating school lunch who receive free meals. State and local officials reported that the changes
to lunch content and nutrition requirements, as well as other factors, influenced student participation.
School food authorities (SFA) faced several challenges implementing the new lunch content and nutrition requirements in school year 2012-2013. For example, most states reported that SFAs faced challenges with addressing plate waste— or foods thrown away rather than consumed by students—and managing food costs, as well as planning menus and obtaining foods that complied with portion size and calorie requirements.
However, evidence suggests ... some SFAs that were not fully meeting requirements being certified as in compliance. Without documentation of noncompliance and requirements for corrective actions, SFAs may not have the information needed to take actions to address these issues, and USDA may lack information on areas that are problematic across SFAs
Then how about you tell the FLOTUS to stop tampering with what our kids could eat in a public school?
Do you think any tax payer likes seeing the crap that our kids are given for lunch in a public school?
Why is it an acceptable excuse to simply say, "If you don't like, then pay for something else?"
Hate to break this to you but the eat well program started before Obama even took office. So where was your whining about the President who started it?
In signing a new law today to improve the quality of school lunches, President Obama paid joking tribute to its most prominent supporter: first lady Michelle Obama.
Not only am I very proud of the bill," the president said, "but had I not been able to get this passed, I would be sleeping on the couch."
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: ketsuko
Sounds like the parents would need to get involved then if the kid needs a special diet for whatever reason.
The average kid would gain from being on a calorie count.
If your kid does not fall into that average and needs more, why does the school need to give out more to everyone?
The rapid growth that occurs during the high school years makes proper nutrition essential for high school athletes. Inadequate nutrition may lead to negative effects on their growth and development. High school athletes need a substantial number of calories for optimal growth and development and also because participation in sports places additional stress on the respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal systems. Inadequate calorie consumption and low-quality nutrition dramatically reduces athletic performance.
originally posted by: xuenchen
Michelle Obama is a disgraced lawyer and former public servant with questionable ethics under professional BS artist Valerie Jarrett in Chicago.
Why should anybody trust her now?
originally posted by: ketsuko
The average athlete needs roughly double the size of the servings they are allowing. The HHKA stipulates a max of 850 calories. The active high school athlete needs about 2,700 calories per day.
Since the implementation this fall of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, an increasing number of high school athletes--as well as their coaches and parents--have been calling foul. Many athletes argue that the new nutritional standards, which limit high school lunches to 850 total calories, do not provide enough energy to sustain them throughout the school day, let alone meet their elevated needs for practice or competition.
I advocate using the new regulations as an opportunity for high school athletes to learn how to fuel themselves as active individuals. Even for an athlete with a daily energy requirement of 4,000 to 5,000 calories, an 850-calorie lunch would be adequate as long as they follow a consistent fueling pattern throughout the rest of the day.
As a sports dietitian who works with athletes of all ages, I help elite high school athletes develop individualized performance nutrition programs. Our plans always incorporate at least three full meals paired with two to three snacks, pre- and post-workout foods, and hydration. This fueling strategy optimizes muscle glycogen stores and hydration status and provides adequate carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals throughout the day to meet growth and recovery needs.