Diversity at School Lunch—Is It Necessary and Realistic?

I came across an interesting article in today’s The Washington Times: some schools in Des Moines, Iowa are working to make their lunches more ethnically diverse — adding meals like enchiladas with pinto beans and chicken rice with sweet and sour sauce. They are doing so to accommodate an increasingly diverse student population. To read this news article, click here.

Delving deeper into the article, I see that one of the triggers for this new initiative is that some immigrant students went home for lunch and never returned to their afternoon classes. To keep the students on campus and to show hospitality, the schools came up with this diversity lunch idea.

This is a wonderful initiative. I applaud the kindness and generosity of the schools!

But is it necessary? Or, is it realistic for most schools to serve tacos, fried rice, chicken nuggets, etc., all at the same time? 

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Let’s Clean Our School Cafeterias!

School CafeteriaAccording to collective wisdom, we high school students spend the best time of our school days during the lunch break. We all desire a clean and comfortable environment for the lunchtime fun. However, recently, due to surging government budget cuts, we are seeing increasingly insufficient cleaning and care being devoted to our school cafeterias.  Continue reading

The Debate on Healthy School Lunch – A Year in Review

12-26-2015.Image1It has been almost three years since the enactment of Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2012. Under this rule, schools are required to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans-fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. How has this rule affected the students across the country? What is the reality of today’s school lunch systems in America?  Continue reading

Do You Want To Be A King And A Prince?—Common Bad Eating Habits Among High School Students

It’s one of those busy school days. You are summoned up from bed by the alarm clock, barely having enough time to wash your face and brush your teeth before Eat1you rush to the school. You tell yourself and everyone: I do not have time for breakfast. When you get hungry in the later part of the morning, you gobble up a bag of potato chips while rushing between classrooms during the break. By lunch time, your stomach is full and you now do not have an appetite for lunch—the school lunch is not palatable anyway, plus you have club meetings at lunch time. You skip the lunch with perfect justifications.

The routine above may be common among your peers, but it reveals a serious, health-threatening problem among high school students. Continue reading