Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Healthy Green Lunch Alternatives for Children
Pack a green meal for your kids’ lunch
Healthy lunch alternatives for children as the new school year begins
By Priya Shah
For many parents, their number one priority is to make sure that their children eat a healthy and nutritious meal while they’re at school. But the convenience of fast food, packaged and frozen food items is still a temptation.
So as the new school year begins, it’s time to think about nutritious lunches for kids at school because unhealthy food choices can lead to obesity, obesity-related illnesses, poor school attendance, poor school performance, and a lifetime risk for health and social problems, urges Anne Weber, the co-founder of Green Bag Lunch.
“Without substantive changes, at least one-third of children will continue to spiral out of control [health wise],” says Weber, who insists that parents need to know what is being served at their children’s schools and to know that they have options. “Parental demand is what we need. Most parents are extremely frustrated by what’s offered [in schools]. Now they have a choice.”
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