Nutrition policy lands flat

Camri Brown, Business Manager

The vending machines have a made big change recently because of the new lunch program introduced by Michelle Obama. The program , “Let’s Move” first started in 2010  and had to do with the fight of childhood obesity for this generation. It included various programs thats helped students get more active. The lunch program portion of it wasn’t enforced until this year. The plan includes the termination of all unhealthy snacks until 30 minutes after school. Vending machines across the country have been replaced with healthy alternatives. The cafeteria has also had a change in their menus. Only food with less than a certain amount of calorie depending on what the product is will be served. The nutritional plan is being pushed too hard and fast upon kids so, there rejecting it automatically. The American lunch system should change but, not as drastically.

Slowly replace the unhealthy food everywhere but, the vending machines since those are optional and, you have to pay for them. This plan would be more efficient, and have a better impact than the plan that is going on now. Across the states the new lunch program isn’t getting a very warm welcome , and is receiving backlash from both school officials and the students. The problem with the program is that it is too rushed, and students aren’t used to such a big change in their diets. If the menu’s at the school were slowly changed instead of the such drastic measures the plan would’ve been received better.

You can’t force kids to eat something they don’t want to eat, and students and parent’s reaction in New Mexico is showing that. In New Mexico, tortillas are a part of the menus at their schools, and with the new plan they had to get rid of them. Parents didn’t take that lightly at all and New Mexico had thousands of complaints to bring them back. Eventually after all the backlash it received the New Mexico nutritional program  brought them back. In Georgia the kids resisted the lost of their fried chicken, and the parents also lobbied to bring it back. There have been plenty of moments related to those across the country where both the parents and students don’t agree with the new change. The calorie cut down is a main concern. The amount of food you get in 850 calories simply isn’t enough, especially if you’re a rapidly growing teen.

In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. That fact alone makes you think that America does in fact need a change in their food decisions. Diabetes and heart disease is increasing in younger ages across America, but changing the school’s food system isn’t going to work if the students don’t eat it. When they get home they still have the same eating habits so it doesn’t have much impact to child’s diet, even if they do eat the healthy alternatives at school.

In conclusion, although the new diets are needed for children throughout the school system there shouldn’t be drastic change because, the students will just not eat it.