Kickapoo High Quarterly


Kickapoo High Quarterly


Kickapoo High Quarterly


    Is it really healthy?

    School food is supposed to be healthy but what is It compared to fast food?
    A sign at the entry of the lunchroom.

       The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010  is a federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 13, 2010. The law is part of the reauthorization of funding for child nutrition.

        It funded child nutrition programs and free lunch programs in schools for five years. The new nutrition standards were a centerpiece of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to combat childhood obesity.

       The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act allows USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), for the first time in 30 years, the opportunity to make real reforms to the school lunch and breakfast programs by improving the critical nutrition and hunger safety net for millions of children. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and Michelle Obama were a step in transforming the food pyramid recommendation, which has been around since the early 1990s, into what is now known as “MyPlate”.

       A school prepared cheeseburger has lots of nutritional facts. This is what is listed for a school prepared cheeseburger.

       Total Fat: 12g 

    Saturated Fat: 5g 

    Trans Fat: 0.5g 

    Cholesterol: 40mg 

    Sodium: 460mg 

    Total Carbs: 30g 

    Dietary Fiber: 2g 

    Sugar: 4g 

    Added Sugar: 0g 

    Protein: 20g 

       Now let’s compare it to a fast food restaurant. This is the nutrition facts for a McDonalds cheeseburger. 

    Calories: 250

    Total fat: 9g

    Trans Fat: 0g

    Saturated Fat: 3.5g

    Total Carbs: 31g

    Protein: 12g

    Total Sugars: 6g

    Added Sugars: 5g

    Cholesterol: 30mg 

       As you can see these are very similar to each other. Making me believe that we should just go back to normal school food. 

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