More than one-third of kids in America are obese or overweight. In 2013, the National School Lunch Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools, served 5.1 billion lunches, Bloomberg reports. The quality of these lunches must somehow correlate to the health of America’s youth, considering more than 32 million children are served NSLP every day.
Parents could model better eating habits and stock their crispers with fresh fruit and vegetables, but a viable starter solution might begin at lunchtime. Sweetgreen, a healthy quick-serve restaurant that values local and organic ingredients, clarified disparity between American student lunches and those of other countries by photographing typical school lunches from around the world. The visuals are eye-opening.
A representative for the company told The Huffington Post that to create these mock meals, Sweetgreen evaluated different government standards for school lunch programs and compared the data to real photos from students who had posted on several social media platforms. Because school lunches can vary by region, it’s important to note that the images below aren’t exact representations of a country’s school lunch, but offer a resemblance.
The U.S. government acknowledges that our nation’s children should not go hungry, but there’s less of an emphasis on what exactly our children are being fed. With the great risks associated with being overweight and news that diet may be just as important to mental health as it is to physical health, the state of students’ nutrition should be all it takes to improve the quality of the lunch tray — think fewer chicken nuggets and more produce. But America’s got some work to do. (1)
Tuesday March 10th, 2015
- 5 Pull-ups
15 Air Squats
a) Max Load: Hang Snatch to Squat Snatch
b) 12min AMRAP:
- Buy In 800m Run
with Remaining Time Perform
- 1 Press
- 2 Push Press
- 5 Push Up (hand-release)