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Nutrition in Schools

Schools are a crucial part of a child’s nutrition. Children spend about eight hours a day at school and eat at least one meal, maybe two while they are there, which is five days a week beginning at age five or younger. Schools are responsible for providing healthy options. If this is successful, many unnecessary cases of childhood obesity can be avoided. This is a serious issue that needs to be correctly dealt with and cannot be ignored.

There are a number of steps that schools can take to help get their students on the right track:

Tips

1) The hot lunch should not just be fried foods. Fruit, vegetables, milk, wheat bread and salads should also always be available.

2) There shouldn’t be soda or candy vending machines anywhere in schools, not even in the teachers lounges.

3) Health classes that teach children about eating, nutrition and exercise and the consequences of not taking care of their bodies should be mandatory. If kids understand what bad things can happen to them and why they should eat right, they will have more motivation to follow through.

4) Recess should last at least thirty minutes each day and the kid should have physical education class at least three times a week, if not each day.

5) There should also be numerous sports offered through the schools. If kids don’t like to play sports, they should be encouraged to play an instrument or pick up a hobby, such as jump roping or rollerblading/skating.

6) Parents need to realize that packing a lunch is a wonderful opportunity to give their kids the exact food they want them to be eating. They can also switch it up and mix between packing a lunch and eating the hot lunch. Packing lunches also saves money.


The school administrators need to understand that teaching healthy eating skills and knowledge is something which every child needs and deserves. By showing an interest and putting in a strong effort, this will prove to the students that people other than their parents and teachers care about their health. Schools can hang posters in the hallways; have assemblies concerning health and guest speakers that share their personal stories with the students. These events will encourage the children to take an active role in eating healthy and being concerned with their health at a young age. The earlier this knowledge is learned, the easier it will become to apply to real life.

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