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Should the federal government require healthy school lunches?

Nov. 7, 2012

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) implemented its new guidelines for school lunches in August – increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables and curbing fatty foods like French fries – some complaints were expected. But in several schools across the country, full-blown student boycotts have been started to protest the reduced-calorie lunches.

Under the new federal guidelines, portions shrank, and many students were upset.

The reduction in serving sizes comes in response to USDA guidelines that aim to curb childhood obesity. The USDA, which decides what's on school cafeteria menus, has made it a priority to educate students about healthy eating habits. It was required to update its nutrition guidelines by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 passed by Congress.

“This year you’re eating lunch and you’re like, ‘Did I even eat?’ You’re not even full,” said Parsippany High School senior Derricke Dennis of Parsippany, N.J. Dennis’ comments have been echoed around the country, and some students are boycotting their schools’ lunches, bringing lunch from home instead.

At Plum School District in a Pittsburgh, Pa., suburb, student Sean Doyle started #BrownBagginIt, encouraging his fellow students to bring their lunches instead of paying $2.50 for the cafeteria food.

The guidelines require schools to serve twice as many fruits and vegetables and limit proteins and carbohydrates. The total calories for lunches had to be cut to 750 to 850 calories. The restrictions have many students, and their stomachs, grumbling.

“If someone is obese, why should someone like me who’s not obese have to suffer, and eat a small meal when I’d rather have a bigger meal?” Dennis said.

Government officials understand the students' complaints, but they cite the growing threat of obesity as a greater concern.

“We understand that change is difficult,” Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said. “Some folks love it, some folks have had questions about it, but that’s to be expected when you’re dealing with 32 million children and you’re dealing with over a hundred thousand school districts.”

Vilsack said snacks would help curb students’ hunger pangs in the afternoon. He said the Obama administration is working with school districts to set up snack programs.

Kristi King, a pediatric dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said the increased amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole wheat should make the students feel fuller if they eat them. The foods are heavy in dietary fiber, which takes longer to digest, King said.

“It should be making kids fuller if they are actually consuming the whole product,” King said. “If children are not picking the entire meal available to them, they are obviously going to be hungry.”

Childhood obesity is one of the leading threats to the health of the nation’s students, and obese children are more likely to carry obesity into adulthood. With the nation’s waistline expanding, health care costs increase. A group of retired military leaders, Mission: Readiness, says obesity has become a national security issue because the readiness of the U.S. military is threatened when one out of four adolescents is too obese to serve.

What do you think?

Do you agree with the USDA’s guidelines that increase fruits and vegetables and reduce calories and unhealthy food? Should the government have a role in deciding what’s on the school menu? Is obesity a problem that the government should address? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!

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6/30/2014
lemoore,.CA
adrianna navarro
lemoore high school
The school lunch is nasty i hate it lhs should change the food immediatley

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Joseph D
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not think that the federal government should require healthy school lunches. Ithini this because schools should make healthy lunches, not the government.

5/21/2014
georgia
hannah
furtah prepatory school
some school lunchs is unhealthy

5/21/2014
georgia
bo
furtah prepatory school
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo way our school food is fine

5/20/2014
henderson
cameron
Brown jhs school
The schools should ask what the students want and in my opinion is that the school lunches are terrible ant they should at least try to make the lunches heather, at my school they sell pizza every day along with the main menu, if the government is trying to prevent childhood obesity, then get them to exercise and give them a nutritious diet.

5/19/2014
georgia
bob
furtah
school lunches are really bad wish someone chould fix it

5/9/2014
Alabama
Tylishia
Georgiana School
school lunches are boring. we never get full and they dont like to feed us seconds. some poeple are bigger than others so why do the smaller people have to suffer for it. this is really dumb and i HONESTLY dont agree with it.

5/7/2014
ct
jack
LMES
i hate the school lunch

3/12/2014
edinburgh
aimee
lieth walk primary school
school dinners are really unhealthy

3/7/2014
Dayton, Ohio
David M
West Carrollton High School
If the government actually cared about child obesity then they would make a difference in what we can eat at our home. Trying to fix obesity by changing one lunch a day will not help. At my school people are now going out to lunch and eating fast food instead of eating the school lunch. Instead of fixing obesity they are making obesity worse AND making people waste more money at lunch. CONGRATS MICHELLE YOU'RE REALLY HELPING! I hear that it is becoming a national security problem because one out of four kids are obese and so now we they can't belong in the military. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! More and more people are joining the military and now there is a waiting list. You won't ever have the problem of not having enough troops.

3/5/2014
New Jersey
ELizabeth
cole
i think that the issue here is that kids aren't feeling full; that is the problem that i am seeing. The government here's about these comments and tries to fix the problems by trying to make food changes that will make kids feel fuller. i think that if schools, and the government, just fed kids regular lunches, at respectable prices, with foods high in fiber so that you feel fuller, i believe that that would solve many of the problems that are present.

2/27/2014
North Dakota
Maria
Sullivan Middle School
every day I'm always hungry after lunch. ALWAYS.

2/25/2014
jacksonville AR
jacob
eubanks
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! no he should not

2/18/2014
jacksonville,arkansas
jacob
ms. eubanks
I think we should regulate it with our parents.

2/17/2014
jacksonville,arkansas
randy davis
ms.eubanks
we should regulate school lunches

2/14/2014
San Antonio, Texas
Joan
Dr. Duncan/Healy Murphy
Saving children from eating foods that do not contribute to their health seems to be a reasonable point. Shouldn't American citizens be concerned about the next generation of Americans?

2/4/2014
Grand Forks, ND
Cameron
Grand Forks Central
Our school says that we have to have at least one fruit or vegetable on our tray for it to be considered a full meal. Every time I get a juice carton it is frozen. The fries are burnt and the vegetables are pre-portioned in cups. And if you get one more chicken strip than what is allowed for a portion size, you get charged the extras fee. In my opinion, I believe that schools nowadays are like prisons. Prison food is actually healthier for you than school food. This is actually a proven fact. Lunch is also expensive. I actually had to apply for free lunch because it is so expensive. My family can't afford it. Our lunches and breakfasts are both at least $2.30. That kind of adds up after a while. Another thing on my mind is that the food never fills us up. After I am done with practice and work everyday, I go home and eat just about everything in sight. I am not even that big, I only weigh 145 pounds! Schools need to let kids get more food if they want it. One more chicken strip or nugget wouldn't hurt. Neither would bigger sizes.

1/14/2014
Grand Tower/IL.
Logan
Shawnee Jr. Sr. High
I see what the Gov. is trying to do but in my opinion it won't work as good as they might think because kids could just bring their own lunches also the point of this is to reduce obesity but the fact is that the kids can just go home and eat their little hearts out, so controlling the school lunches won't make much of a difference as long as they can eat at home or bring their own packed lunches.

12/10/2013
ofallon il
allison deboer
rist jospeh arthur middle school
It is not fair that they controll our food they cant say what we can or can't eat they took away most of my school's favorite food basco sticks i hate michelle obama and we dont like most the food we also don't get enough

11/20/2013
Mt.Pleasant/TN
Adam
Gentry/Mt.Pleasant
How do they expect us to enjoy our lunch, when it's pretty much leftover scraps a dog would only eat?

9/27/2013
Watertown MA.
Hussein
Rimas/Watertown High School
The idea of having healthier foods for school lunch is a good idea but if someone wants to eat something else there is no real way to stop them from doing that. If a student is still hungry after eating lunch they are probably going to get something else to eat, with that said i still think it could help a bit but the effect won't be anything drastic.

9/27/2013
watertown ma
Jacqui
Rimas/ Watertown
I believe the federal government should make it a requirement to serve healthy school lunches. They should offer healthy choices for students, but have a variety. They also shouldn't force us to buy something we don't want. It will just go to waste.

9/27/2013
Watertown/ Ma
Toula
Rimas/ Watertown High
Schools should definitely serve healthier food. The school lunches are too small especially for growing kids who need to eat, some people are more hungry than others and one bagel the size of someones fist isn't going to help keep anyone full for one hour let alone 3 or 4. The government should make sure that school lunches are enough for students. Obesity is a problem that a person or family member can address the government has no right it telling people what they can and can eat unless its a danger to their health.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Anthony
Rimas, Watertown Highschool
The federal government needs to make it a requirement to serve healthy school lunches. There should be equal portions for the food distributed as well as healthy food given out too. Schools should not be able to give out unhealthy lunches to the students. The fact that schools have small portions of food for their students is ridiculous because there are kids who can't bring a lunch from their house so they have to eat at the school.

9/20/2013
Sidney, Mt
Jared
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe schools should offer healthier lunch choices but not control the portions that students receive. You can't tell me that a student that plays football should eat the same amount as a student that are skinny and eat very little.

6/17/2013
MA
Nina
HIgh Rock
I think school lunches should offer healthier choices like fruits and vegetables but give you a choice of what to buy. If you think school lunch is unhealthy, just bring your own healthier lunch. I don't know about you this is my opinion and thoughts on school lunches. :)

5/29/2013
Laytonville CA
Cailin
Laytonville Highschool
I believe that students should have a choice. If were in highschool and we eat junk food at home what change do they think theyre making? i think if you want to be healthy you should eat a salad, if you want something yummy eat a hamburger and french fries. i dont get why we have to suffer because of other students

5/20/2013
Summersville Middle school
Haley Brown
Mrs board
Kids should eat what they want and becausse you cant make us eat what we want when we want

5/15/2013
Spring Lake MI
Austin
Spring Lake High School
Kids can take care of themselves. Forcing healthier food on students is completely infringing on our rights. It is only one small meal a day. If a kid is obese, it's because of their own personal diet at home, and a small school lunch change will not take much action on their diet. Recently at my school, the noodles used in our Chicken Alfredo were changed to whole wheat. Students complain of the weird taste and the sales of this lunch have dropped. Chicken Alfredo Friday is no longer anything to be excited about, the meal just doesn't carry the same delicious taste as it did before the whole wheat noodles. It makes no sense to me why healthier lunches are seen as such a great thing when the sales plummet, it's absolutely ridiculous.

4/30/2013
preston id.
jesicca
preston high school
the students should eat what they want and not what they dont, if they leave hungry its their problem... plenty of variety is provided

4/30/2013
Preston Idaho
Alyssa
Preston High School
I feel that the schools should offer healthier choices in food, but not limit or force students to eat certain things or a certain amount!!! Waste of money and students are less happy.

4/4/2013
Olney/Md
Irene
Kelly/Rosa Parks Middle School
The sad thing with school lunches is that it horribly lowers our standards. At my elementary school, the food was considered "good for you" if it wasn't burned to a crisp. When we got to middle school, we thought the new cafeteria was EPIC. No more charred pizza! But really, it wasn't. The pizzas are dripping with oil. The "cheese" that they use is basically hard fat. The "Smoothies" are ice slivers in water with sugar and coloring. And the students think this is "good food." We need to do something before it comes to the point were double cheeseburgers are considered good for you.

4/1/2013
Naperville, Illinois
Klan
Metea Valley High School
I believe that school lunches shouldn't just be to the standard of "edible", I stopped eating school lunhes and just stick to a ham sandwich a day. I feel and actually LOOK better. Turns out, that school food really affects your health. I know they're trying to make money, but the food should be to a standard where the students can actually survive it.

3/27/2013
lewiston,idaho
Chandler
jenifer junior high
no...kids just need to learn how to stop eating and do something outside, all kids shouldnt suffer just because of a few fat kids

3/27/2013
Watertown/MA
Kosta F.
Rimas/Watertown
This law is absolutely ridiculous and absurd. Kids should of course eat healthier but it is NOT up to the government to tell you what to do. Now I'm not some sort of communist but what right does the government have to tell you what you can and can't eat, they aren't your parents. You are in charge of your own body and what you consume. Especially because it is impossible for this law to be fair to EVERYONE. You set a certain calorie intake limit that may fit certain students but what about the many students who play sports and need more food? Sure you can bring food from home but how many people are in a rush to get to school on time? Basically if you forget your home lunch you starve? I myself go to the gym after school and I am not the biggest kid, but my use of energy needs to be replaced by a lot more calories than some small sandwich. I have different needs than other students as well as some of the bigger kids.

3/24/2013
Hampton, VA
Skyler
Gloria Dei Lutheran School
I think the government should stay out of school lunch business.

3/22/2013
MD
Irene
Rosa Parks Middle school
I think the government should regulate school lunches. After all, what kid would pick a banana over an ice cream?

3/20/2013
provo utah
Eliza
centennial middle school
I think that the government should not regulate school lunches. at my school you can't buy lunch without fruits or vegetables. I watch hundreds of kids throwing away the required foods. In my opinion we are wasting money enforcing this.

3/20/2013
Denver Co.
Leslie
Mumby/ John f kennedy
I think the Government should be giving food that the kids like. In my opinion i think kids wont be eating foods they do not like because they don't like it or they don't like how it tastes. Some kids should also think about there health before they eat those kinds of foods. i think the government should not force kids to eat foods they should show them what can happened if they do not eat healty.

3/19/2013
Denver, Co
Cristian
M. Mumby/ John F. kennedy High School
I immigrated from mexico three years and a half ago. When my freshman year began i got amazed fror the fact that schools provide breakfast and luches for a very affordable price. Breakfast was really good, but when i aet lunch i felt like throwing up, because it tasted really wird. Sometimes the food looked not palatable at all. There fore i began to taking lunch to school few times a week, because schools food was not my type. Sophomore year was little bit better because the school had more fruits and vegetables i cuold eat instead of all the not good looking food it provided us. On my own opinion i certanly think schools need to change their food, for not only healthier food, but also for better, palatable food.

3/15/2013
Hillsborough, NJ
Ori
Hillsborough HS
NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3/6/2013
texas
nick
smithfield middle
a lot of kids only eat at school so a healthy a good tasting lunch is really important to them.

3/4/2013
Fairfield, CA
Joanna
Grange Middle School
Schools should require healthy school lunches because it will help kids eat more nutritious foods and being a student myself, I am TIRED of the boring dull junk food we eat at school daily.

3/3/2013
Washington
Alejandra
South Kitsap
People need to see that promoting healthy foods will benefit kids in the long run. They may hate it now, but will be thankful in the end. Healthy can be tasty at the same time they just need to make sure they promote it right. I don't understand why people would prefer their children to grow up with too much greasy foods.

3/1/2013
Sidney, MT
Ryan
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
i dont think they should raise the money for the fruits and vegis but they should still reduce calories. The government should have no control over whats on the schools menu because of the seperation of powers. states have control of the schools not the government. yes the government should address the obisity by reducing calories.

2/28/2013
texas
Henry
hoho
we should choose our own food that we like. we need more snacks and more freedom from vegetables.no more trash!

2/27/2013
chapparral nm
isela
mr.rupscich
they should serve better food that way students canconcentrate.every day foood is being waste why because students do not like the food at all. they should totally do something about this.

2/20/2013
Sidney, MT
Amanda
Mr. Faulbher Sidney High School
I dont think they should make the lunches smaller but they should include more vegetables and fruits in the school lunches and get rid of some of the fatty food like hamburgers and french fries.

2/19/2013
Logan/Utah
Jessie
Logan High School
The idea of smaller lunches may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it really isn't working. So much food gets wasted everyday because not everyone wants to eat, or can eat what is served. It's really hard for those who need a high calorie diet, because quite honestly they're not getting the energy they need. Sports are suffering and it's hard to perform your best when you're starving because all that's being offered to you at lunch are fruits and vegetables.

2/15/2013
Belleville/NY
Daryan
Colby/Belleville
I think lunches should be healthier but they should offer more and they shouldn't cost so much. When kids go to school and dont get enough they are going to go right home open a bag of chips and eat the whole thing. Having healthier lunches is not going to help what the kids eat at home no one can stop them at home. School lunches need to be increased in size and decreased in price.

2/14/2013
Dallas, Texas
John
RMS
I think school lunches should be healthier. The thing is, is that most kids bring their lunch and you cant stop them from eating unhealth their. Also, some of the luches our school passes off as 'healthy' are 2-day old salads that are 90% lettuce and are stale and unnappealing even to vegetarians.

2/13/2013
Hilliard Ohio
Ashley
HMS
I think the govt. shouldn't be able to tell us what to eat because it should be the schools decision not theirs. Also if kids don't like the school lunch they can bring their own unhealthy lunches? People choose what they want to eat. Also they still sell fries and pizza at my school? So how is that healthy. Makes no sence to me.

2/8/2013
Solon OH
Neil K.
Orchard MS
I think schools should have healthier lunches.

2/6/2013
harrisburge/PA
malieck
ms.morris/central dauphin
all students are are over weight.

2/6/2013
harrisburg
sam
central dauphin high school
I think this argument could go either way. I understand both concepts, but I think the kids should be able to pick the serving size of their own lunches. But, they cannot get more than one meal a day. For intsance, they could get a drink, a course a side and maybe some fruit or chips, but thats it.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, PA
Monica
Central Dauphin High School
I think that if the USDA wants to make students eat healthier then they should make the healthy food better so that the kids will actually choose to eat it. Most kids choose to pack their lunch or buy the unhealthy food becasue the healthy choices are disgusting. If the school served healthy food that also tasted good, then the kids would not have a problem and they would be eating the healthier food.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg,PA
Nick
Mrs. Morris/Central Dauphin High School
As a student at CD, I have seen food go to waste. Students, at this point, don't care about a healthy school lunch. They don't realize the consequences that eating large portions of fatty, unhealty foods excessively is bad. There is nothing wrong with eating heathy. Ok yeah it might not taste good at first but that's because students are so used to foods like french fries, pizza and so on. Those sickly foods won't just cause obesity. Later on in life people may also get cancer, diabetes and othe major health problems.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, PA
Connor
Central Dauphin High School
In my opinion Michelle Obama's new school plan for healthy lunches was a terrible idea not just for our school but for everybody else too. By doing this Michelle Obama was able to make our school lunch portions much smaller which is what makes me want to double up on lunches everyday. Michelle's new plan does not benefit everybody because some people are not overweight and by giving these small lunches some people end up going home and eating more anyway. So to benefit everybod the people that are overweight should be limited to the food they get and the people that are healthy should be able to get larger portions for the same price.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg
Amber
Central Dauphin High School
Our school lunches are cheap and small, but they make us a pay almost three dollars for things that aren't even good. Most of the time the food isn't even healthy or even real food. I would think that if they makeus pay enough money for this food they should be able to afford better.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, PA
Alejandro
Central Dauphin High School
The element and idea of fighting childhood obesity is a great idea, but it doesn't work for everyone. Most of the lunches today are very bad and not good. Not only are they unediable, its not big enough! I pay at least 6 dollars for a normal meal for a 16 year old boy! The prices need to go down and the portions need to go up!

2/6/2013
Harrisburg
Amber
Central Dauphin High School
Our school lunches are cheap and small, but they make us a pay almost three dollars for things that aren't even good. Most of the time the food isn't even healthy or even real food. I would think that if they makeus pay enough money for this food they should be able to afford better.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, PA
Ezekiel
Central Dauphin High School
NO, however the prices of lunches at school have increased rather dramatically. The total price of a highschool lunch should not be the equilvalent, or even remotely close, to that of an expensive/fancy resturant when they are selling B- grade food at best.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg
Stacey
Central Dauphin High School
I think that school lunches should not be limited to only healthy lunches. The healthy lunches that are given do not only make people sick to their stomachs but they also are not tasty. Due to limited money put towards the food, the luches given are unedable. I believe that luches should be chosen by the students. As a student myself, I know how difficult it is to find a good meal given by the school. Please consider my option.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, PA
Ezekiel
Central Dauphin High School
NO, however the prices of lunches at school have increased rather dramatically. The total price of a highschool lunch should not be the equilvalent, or even remotely close, to that of an expensive/fancy resturant when they are selling B- grade food at best.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, PA
Marcus
Morris/CDHS
I think they should not require healthy school lunches. If they can sell skittles from a vending machine, we should have better school lunches !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2/4/2013
Hartselle, Al
Talyn H.
Mrs. Hudson/ Hartselle High School
As a student in high school i have seen the lunches get worse and worse. Not to mention the expense. One serving is never enough for me or any of my classmates. One lunch is so small so i end up doubling up , costing at least $5.50 each day. With this being said , i normally never eat the sides givin to me because they are way to plain. More food is wasted than eatin in the cafeteria. School lunches need better menus , larger portions , and lower prices.

2/4/2013
Montana
Mindy
Flathead High School
I think its the students fault that they are over weight because they should know by now that what they eat will effect there life style whether they like it or not.

1/31/2013
Ludlow/ MA
Samantha
Ludlow High
I agree with Dennis.

1/29/2013
North Carolina
grace
Ms. Andrews
That's a very good plan I always pack my lunch because I know it is not healthy

1/25/2013
Illinois
Julianna
Eastland Middle School
This menu is not fair to us. Some people do sports, and we need more calories to burn, especially when we run the mile in track. Durning vollyball none of us had any energy to do anything, and we were all exusted. Its good that we're getting healthier food, but a third grader eating as much as a high schooler? I know its been a while since you were in school, but thats just foolish. Healthy food is good, getting little food is just ridiculus! Think about this, and please do somthing! Don't let this comment go to waste!

1/14/2013
Cave City, Arkansas
Zach M.
Ms. Kazee/Cave City High School
I do not think the government should be able to decide what we eat, we are not served enough food and the food is disgusting.

1/11/2013
Sidney/Montana
Lane H.
Mr. Faulhaber/SidneyHighSchool
I agree with the USDA. Schools should require healthy lunches. The obesity problem in the United states has become troublesome. The school should require kids to eat healthy alternatives to junk food. The schools can than set up snack time with healthy foods to keep the kids from becoming hungry.

1/11/2013
SidneyMT
LaShell
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I dont belive the Government should get into the issue of cutting back portian,you see obesity as a problem then more physical education classes should be maditory. the average calorie intake is set for the averge sized person. if you are bigger or burn calories faster then you should replinish them with more. also some children depend on there luch as the ONLY meal they are going to get to eat. how can the government take that away from them? The problem lies with the parents that dont take the time to teach there kids the values of eating, also the schools dont serve us a healthy choice of food, maybe some fresh fruit would be nice?

1/11/2013
Sidney
Colleen
Mr. Faulhaber
In some ways I agree with the USDA's guidelines in increasing fruits and vegetables, but kids still need a lot of protein to keep them from being hungry in the afternoon. High schools have athletes who have faster metabolisms then most people so they need to eat more than people who aren't in sports, so they shouldnt cut the portion size. If someone doesn't want to eat a lot then they dont have to.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Dalton T.
Faulhaber/SHS
I believe that the government should let the states decide what they want to serve and how much they want to serve.

1/11/2013
Sidney Montana
Matt
Mr Faulhaber
I think it would be smart to have healthier lunches. If kids dont like the lunch then they can bring their own lunches, go home, or go out to eat. Our country is becomeing obese and we need a healthier diet.

1/11/2013
Sidney, Mt.
Mitchell
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that the federal government should allow the states to regulate their schools and allow for them to mandate and regulate the types of food and the consumption of the food.

1/11/2013
Sidney
Brandon
Mr. Faulhaber
I don't think that the government should control how much food goes into our body. Obesity is not due to the fact that we eat too much, it is because the food intake is more than the energy we expend. Exercise after eating is what helps you stay healthy. Some kids are not fortunate enough to have 3 meals a day. Sometimes the school lunch is all the kids get to eat for that day. Our health should be our own concern not that of the governments. There has to be a line of what they can control us to do.

1/11/2013
Sidney, Montana
Chris
Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think that they should like monitore what the kids eat because they are still growing up, and that they should do more education on it so kids still know.

1/11/2013
Sidney/Mt
Cody
Faulhaber/SHS
I believe that portions should not be limited, the portions of school lunches should stay the same but at the same time they should have a more balanced meal with nutrition, calories, and non fatty foods. The school lunches also need to keep fruits for those who want it and to keep meals healthy

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT.
Zachary
Mr.Faulhaber/SHS
i berlieve that schools should require a variety of foods for school lunches. they do not all have to be healthy because parents should be feeding their children healthy food. the school system does not need to be doing the job of parents, school is for the expansion of a youth's knowledge and preparing them for work and social confrontations in their future life.

1/11/2013
Sidney/MT
Mitch O.
Faulhaber/SHS
I believe this is just a way of avoiding a problem. We should adress the problem. Proper education of nutrition and exercise should be the option. If you make a kid that is fat lose weight by simply reducing sizes, your starving them. Exercise is what is needed.

1/11/2013
Sidney, Montana
Lane
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think that the sizes of the sizes of the lunch should be monitored because many people think that they need so much but when you shrink your intake for say 2 weeks after that, that smaller portion will seem normal and if smaller is normal the problem with obesiety will slowly shrink aswell.

1/11/2013
Sidney, Mt
Whitney
Mr. Faulhaber
I agree with the USDA's guidelines of increading more healthy foods, and reducing the more unhealthy food. I think adding more fruits and veggies would be a good thing but they can't go over board with it. Cutting down the portion sizes are going to leave students complaining about how they are still hungry and didn't get enough to eat which could disrupt student learning. If they are going to charge a lot for a school lunch and the students don't get very much to eat then they will start not wanting to eat their and bring their own lunch which could be unhealthy.

1/11/2013
Sidney/MT
Jesse W.
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I dont believe the gov't should be involved in any ones personal lif let alone obesity. I think its more of parental issue of how people rais there children and shouldnt be a big gov't concern. That and every school district is different in the way they go about lunch for example at my school you can leave the campace fo lunch and either go home or a restaurant, i think the real problem is not unhealthy school lunch but a short time to eat, 30minutes were im from but in other countrys were there is no obesity (france, brazil, etc...) they have an hour to two hours of lunch. I think a longer lunch period is what the gov't should focuss on an parents or kids themselves should what there own diets.

1/11/2013
Sidney/ MT
Carlie
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that rather than cutting everybody's serving size and amount of calorie/unhealthy food intake, simply offer healthier choices. I don't think that it is the Government's/school's responsibility to monitor its students' health. If a student feels that they are obese, or unhealthy, they should take the initiative to change it themselves. Changing serving sizes and foods can help a little, but if you're already unhealthy or obese, one lunch a day isn't going to make a substantial difference.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Abigail
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High
I agree with adding fruits and veggies to lunches, but cutting portions and certain foods out of lunches is a bit much. I think offering healthier foods is enough. If you don't want to eat the unhealthly food, then don't. It's your choice.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Marcos
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
If you want to stop childhood obesity then support more physical exercise classes rather than cutting our lunches. More physical exercise classes would benifit us more then eating less. Not every person requires the same amount of nutriens.

1/11/2013
Sidney High School
Jason
Faulhaber
I believe that restricting the students from getting more food is not a good thing. My reasoning behind that is while the 750-850 calorie limit may be adequit for an average student, it may not be adequit for a large framed male athlete. Although I do not believe that a calorie limit is a good thing, I do believe that the healthyness of the calories should be subject to regulations. My reasoning to this is that schools should not be able to let kids have full and unlimited access to lets say a plate of bacon where most of the calories are calories from fat. The government should regulate what kind of calories the students get. A proportioned ammount of carbohydrates, fats, and protines and students should not be allowed to load up on just one group.

1/11/2013
Sidney MT
Abbe
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe the government should have a say in what is being served to children is school. Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetable is a wonderful idea. Not only does it promote healthier eating in school, it exposes children to a better life style. However, I do not think that the amount of proteins should be cut. keeping protein could help with the issues of children not feeling hungry. Another idea would be not serving seconds on the higher calorie and fatty foods. If a child wanted seconds, it should be of fruit or vegetables. There should also be a wider verity of fruits and vegetable available to widen the chances that there would be something that each child likes.

1/11/2013
Sidney/Montana
Justin
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the school lunches should be healthier, and if that means cutting out some unhealth foods, then it should be done. If you are still craving hunger after you finish lunch, it should be your own duty to pack another snack.

1/11/2013
Sidney High School
Elise
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that way to many people in the U. S. are obese.. Most people just don't know how to eat, and what is healthy for them. I think that schools should incorporate classes to Really teach kids how to be healthy, and show the major side effects of being obese. I definitely agree with increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables, I think that the salad bar should have more variety for kids. I agree with making certain portion sizes on the plate, but if kids are still hungry they should have a choice in going back in line to get more food. If kids get hungry later in the day after going up twice, they should have a bigger breakfast or bring a snack from home.

1/11/2013
Sidney Montana
Cody
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High
The school should have to provide a good healthy lunch to ensure a healthy lifestyle for the students while they are under their care. This would ensure that the students are provided a proper diet and are given an outline for a healthy diet outside of the school also. I don't think the portions should shrink but should be replaced with a healthier alternative.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Lacey
Mr. Faulhaber
No schools should not change to complete healthy food schools should add healthy food in but not completely make it 100% healthy because its actually a students choice on whether they want to eat healthy. But it doesnt mean that just switch to healthy food like that.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Abby
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
Schools should be providing healthier lunches. The portion size should not be made smaller tho. It's a high school there are lots of athletes that require larger portions to have energy for their practices and games.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Travis
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that the school should be able to pick what they want to serve and it should not be up to the government. The school is going to try and make some healthy stuff and some not because nobody also wants to be hungery for the whole day if they serve something you dont like. I think that the schools should just serve a variety.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Courtney A.
Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I think that school's should DEFINITELY require healthy school lunches. When students have rules or requirements in school, the more likely they are to take those rules and requirements home with them. Schools should be a gateway to healthy living for students. If a school requires that most grades have a gym class, they should also make lunches healthy. I don't think they should make the lunches any smaller. They should just make them healthy foods that students will eat. This will also teach them to like healthier foods if they're around it.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Jim
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I dont believe that school lunches should be decreased on the amount of healthy or unhealthy foods but the schools should control what they sell in student stores and such. Students often eat there lunch and feel hungry so they go to the student store and buy junk food. Decreasing portions is not the right answer. All children are build differently. A 115 lb girl isnt going to need the nutrition of a 250 lb football player.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Kiara
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe the federal government should require healthy school lunches. One main reason for this is to keep the youth's healthy and the obesity rate from increasing. I personally would enjoy more fruits and vegetables in our lunches then what we have today for school lunches. Our youth's health doesn't only effect them themseselves, but the people of today and tomorrow as well. Eating less unhealthy food and reducing calories would have more of a positive advance on things then a negative setback. If you want to eat unhealthy you always have your own options outside of school. Obesity is a big problem of today, and taking the one step to make school lunches healthier is one step to solving this problem. As for sizes of lunches, I'll let the government be the judge for that. (:

1/11/2013
sidney high school
kristopher
Faulhaber
I believe that schools should be able to srve what the cis want to eat not what the govrmet ses. I mean that littel kids have louts of enrget. Besids when the little kids get off of school ther perens will grap fast food for a cwic snack. and from my ecspereons fast food is not helthey for you. So i think that that is not the resen of kids deing over weat.

1/11/2013
Sidney Mt
Jace
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney high school
I think that they should try to encourage students eat healthier and give them the option of healthy foods. But they should not be able to reduce the size of someones meal. Some students are very large and may need extra nutrients so i think they should just encourage healthier eating and for the obese people.

1/11/2013
Sidney/ Montana
Sicily
Mr. F/ Sidney High School
Being a senior in high school, this really doesn't matter to me. The last time I ate school lunch I was probably in 8th grade. I along with almost all of my classmates, go off campus for lunch. I do see how it would be very irritating to have smaller healthier portions but you can always bring your own lunch, or simply bring a snack.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT 59270
Amanda
Mr. Faulbher Sidney High School
I agree with the Usda's guidelines that they should have more fruit and vegatables for school lunches and they should reduce the calories and unhealthy food. Yes the government has a role in that. It is a problem that they should address about obesity.

1/11/2013
Sidney, Mt
Keziah
Mr. Faul-haber/Sids High
I do think that the school should provide healthy school lunches. School is the best influence a kid has, and if healthy food is served than maybe the students will reflect that in their lives outside of school and be able to live healthier. I know that some families can't afford healthier foods because they're more pricey, so having the school serve them is a brilliant idea. Kids now-a-days need to learn that eating healthy and exercising are going to be very important to them later in life. I do not agree with making portions smaller, though. I think the healthiness of the meals makes up for the fact that the portions are a little on the "generous" side. America is the fattest country. I think it's about time we kicked it into gear and started re-evaluating our priorities. Such as: the future. We don't want the kids of the future all being obese. America is a horrible influence. Let's fix it. WOOH.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Amber W.
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
No i do not believe that the federal government should require healthy school lunches. In my opinion, for most students, it wont matter what they serve for lunch. If they dont like it then they wont eat it. I think if these guidelines went through and schools were required to serve healthy lunches it would make no difference in what the students ate. If they didnt like what they were being fed then they would either go elsewhere for lunch or they would bring their own. At least that is what i would do. Serving healthy school lunches isnt going to make the students eat healthy.....sure it gives them the option but MOST of the students would choose a less healthier lunch with a bigger portion. I feel implementing these guidelines would be pointless. It would just anger students and cause the number of students that eat at school lessen.

1/11/2013
Sindey, MT
Maggie
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I disagree with the USDA guideines increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables, i think thtat if a kid is hungry and wants to eat their gonna go out and eat whatever they want, and if the see more of that for lunch their gonna wanna go out to eat more and eat evan more unhealthy stuff. I personally dont think that the government should have role in choosing what the school menu is. Although obesity is a problem that should be addressed i think that no matter what you do students are always going to find away around that and get unhealthy food anyways and if they choose to do that then the problems to come down the road will be their problem!

1/11/2013
sidney/montana
vickie j.
mr.faulhaber/sidney high school
I believe that we should have healthier lunches in school but should not shrink the portions, this just makes the kids get more food anyway because they are not full. The smaller portions also means that we would still be paying the same amount that we normally pay for a full meal and now we are paying to much for a smaller meal, this is just not cool. so i believe that schools should just offer healthier options for the students to choose.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Dain E.
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I believe people deserve to eat whatever they want, but there are many cheaper/healthier choices compared to the junkfood served in school cafeterias today. Kids that eat school lunches shouldn't be picky about what they're getting anyways, a lot of them take their parents money to pay for what they eat. Healthier food alternatives should be present in schools everywhere.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MONTANA:)
Maci H.
Sidney High School
I believe there is a difference between limiting the food and making our options healthier. I think we should have the same amount of food portions just healthier. One in three childern are obese! Childhood obesity is one of the leading threats to the health of the nation's students, and obese childern are more likely to carry obesity that cause to disease and cost more money for our nation as a whole. Save money for our nation and making us healthier at the same time? Heck yes, i think i school lunch should be healthier!

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Austin
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that we have a problem with obesity and need to do something about it. One way to do that is to have healthy snacks through out the day that way kids aren't eatting as much in one sitting. This will also help cut back on the hunger pains that they are havin.

1/10/2013
Sidney, MT
Taimea
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the schools should have healthier school lunches but they shouldn't change the sizes. Our bodies are so use to the sizes we get that when you cchange them, we don't feel as full. I would like to know more about what percentage of kids actually take all the food that is offered to them? I would also like to know how what percentage of food offered that the kids actually take?

1/9/2013
mayfield/kentucky
emily
mrs.mullins/sedalia
i think parents should just choose the lunch cuz of obesity and lack of nutrition all the government is doing is giving children smaller portions

1/8/2013
mayfield, kentucky
lynn
sedalia elementary school
I do think that the government should have a say in what we eat at school, because so many children these days are obese and its just sad that they have to go through that!

1/7/2013
Montgomery/TX
Cameron C.
Metzger/MHS
I agree that kids in america are starting to get the idea in america that its ok to be fat or obese for that matter. But with these new foods that they will be implementing in school lunches i think that it will help them even if they are not willing to help themselves. The more that we interfere with lunches by making them healthy the better i think the kids in america will be.

1/6/2013
Montgomery/TX
Taylor A.
Metzger/MHS
I agree with the USDA's guidelines of increasing more healthy foods, and reducing the more unhealthy foods. However, making the portions smaller will only lead to distracted, hungry students and leave them aggravated. I think that if a student has an issue with the type of food that their school is providing, they may just pack their own lunch. They are not forced to eat the healthier food that the school provides them.

1/4/2013
Belleville/NY
Erik
Colby/BHCS
School lunches should not be federally mandated. Limiting students food leads to hungry, distracted kids, or kids choosing to eat more unhealthy food. Instead, students should be fed larger portions of the food so they are not distracted. It is their decision as to how much to eat and if they want to be healthy.

1/3/2013
Montgomery/Texas
Paige
Metzger/Montgomery High School
I do agree with the USDA's guidelines of increasing fruits and vegetables and reducing unhealthy foods and calories. I dont necessarily agree with making meal portions smaller. Just cutting back on the size of the meal, will only leave kids hungry and aggravated. Cutting back on the fries, pizza, etc. will lead to healthier eating habbits therefore cutting back on Americas obesity problems. I do believe that the government should address obesity. Obesity is the number 2 cause of preventable death in the United States; 9 million teens and children are overweight. Obesity is 100% preventable. Having options such as pizza, fries, and cookies as meal choices in school lunches aren't helping Americans obesity rates. Giving kids healthier options at lunch is definitely a great way to get kids eating habits back on track!

1/2/2013
Montgomery/Texas
Megan
Metzger/Montgomery High School
I feel that the government should provide healthy options for lunch by increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables offered. This issue should not only be addressed in schools but at home as well. Parents and schools should work together to educate students about making healthy food choices and their benefits. But in the end, it’s up to the students to choose and I believe they shouldn't be controlled or forced to eat any certain way by a government agency. By providing more healthy choices, students are at least given the option to eat healthier.

1/2/2013
Montgomery/Texas
Travis
Metzger/Montgomery
The USDA is doing a good thing by trying to regulate school foods, yet they have to think about all the aspects of what there trying to do. For example yes the fruit might be better for you yet when you pick them up in the lunch line and the oranges are dry and the apples are brown. I would not mind eating healthy food if they spent more money on trying to keep there food fresh. its easier to just order pizza or a hamburger cause it gives the false impression of a hot fresh lunch.

1/1/2013
Montgomery, TX
Jacob
Metzger/Montgomery High School
While adding fruits and vegetables to school lunches are a good idea, I am not sure why the government is adding them now. Why have they not been a part of regular school lunces already? No doubt, obesity is a problem in the U.S.; do we want the government to regulate what we eat? That will only lead to red tape and more taxes. We need to be responsible for our own families. Thomas Jefferson said "A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have".

1/1/2013
Montgomery, TX
Trevor
Metzger/Montgomery High School
I believe that the USDA should control on what schools should or should not eat. But, to a certain extent. I agree that they should add more fruits in the school lunches. I do disagree though on smaller portions of meals. In my opinion they should have sub sandwichs in schools only. They still have good taste, they fill you up, and also they are more healthy than anything else in the school cafeteria. Yeah thats not much variety of food, but I think it is the best way to overcome obesity.

12/31/2012
Montgomery, TX
Brooke W.
Metzger/Montgomery High School
I think that the government should require healthy school lunches. Obesity has become a big problem with kids in America. I agree that they should increasse the amounts of fruits and vegetables and take away the unhealthy foods. That would help those kids lose weight. I also think that having a snack time would be a good idea because then the people wouldn't eat so much at lunch.

12/30/2012
Montgomery, TX
Jacob
Metzger/Montgomery
While adding fruits and vegetables to school lunches are a good idea, I am not sure why the government is adding them now and why they had not been a regular part of the school lunch. I realize Mrs. Obama has implemented her program with good intentions, but there has always been a food pyramid and healthy eating guidelines. No doubt, obesity is truly a problem in the US; however, if we want the government to regulate what we eat, we need to be prepared for more intrusion and more taxes. Anytime the government is involved it is a lot of red tape and cost taxpayers money. I recently read a quote from Thomas Jefferson that is appropriate, “A government that is big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.” We need to be responsible for our own families. Sadly, there is a shameful amount of food thrown away each day during lunches. Even sadder, there are many children that only have what the school serves for the entire day. They certainly need more than the 750-850 calories contained in the school lunch. The more regulated it has become, the more tasteless it has become.

12/11/2012
Montgomery, TX
Victor
Metzger/Montgomery High School
I believe that the goverment definitely should make some changes to the school lunches because they are somewhat unhealthy. However, instead of making the meals smaller, i think that they should just make different foods with less fats and more protein and carbohydrates. Foods such as pizza and cheese sticks should be eliminated and substituted with healthier stuff but also something that kids would like.

12/10/2012
Montgomery, TX.
Blair
Metzger/ Montgomery High School
I think that the government getting involved in school lunches is a good idea. At the same time, I believe that they shouldn't have gone straight to the extreme of not leaving students very many options. I feel that kids should have a choice if they want a big portion or small; or if they want to be healthy or not. When the USDA decided on this, they should have automatically done a snack time for the students also.

12/10/2012
Allison Park, PA
Stephanie
Hampton School District
First off, I don't think its a good idea when government dictates anything we do, let alone what we eat! Perhaps if schools would go back to having their own cafeteria employees and stop the outsourcing, we could go back to making food from scratch everyday with FRESH ingredients, this pre packaged food is NOT healthy! Children are only leaving lunch still hundry and in turn not able to concentrate on schooling, or in my case my child just buys TWO lunches making the food service people happy and me BROKE! I would be curious to know how many families are buying two lunches instead of one now??

12/9/2012
Porterville/ CA
Yovana C.
Mr. Smith/ Monache High School
I agree with the USDA's guidelines that increase the amounts of fruits and vegetable and reduce calories and unhealthy food. The government should have a rule on what`s on the school menu because obesity is a growing problem in the nation that will eventually have to be addressed due to the medical expenses that the tax payers will have to pay for those who do not have the funds to pay for the doctor visits for high blood pressure and diabetes.

12/9/2012
Montgomery, Texas
Shelby
Metzger/Montgomery
I agree with USDA's guidelines and I believe the government should be able to regulate what schools serve in their lunches. Obesity in America is becoming a huge problem and anything to help it is a positive thing rather than a negative. I don't believe government is trying to make anyone suffer by eating healthy foods and reducing calories, they're just trying to look out for America's healthy future, or what can be a healthy future. If there are more healthy foods in the cafeteria, students would have more energy and alertness in the classroom, rather than eating junk food at lunch and being lazy and tired when going back into the classroom. I think obesity is definitely a subject that the government should address more because obesity is snowballing into a huge problem and it won't stop until someone does something about it. If there are obese children, they are going to grow up to be obese adults. Nobody can change how anyone lives or their lifestyle they choose, but the government can certainly try.

12/6/2012
San Francisco
Kevin M.
PS 23
I agree with adding fruits and vegetables to school lunches. I think that it is a great idea so that obese children don’t become obese adults when they grow up. It’s also better to eat some fruit and vegetables then eat cookies or candy. If someone ate candy and cookies they couldn't run very long. The kids could too much sugar they may have so much energy they couldn’t focus on their school work. I believe that the government should have a limited amount of force to take some school lunch menu foods away. Yes, because if some people eat way to much they could not control their body. However you still can go buy your own at the story instead of the government taking it away and never seeing your food again. Obesity is a problem in because some school lunches have fatty foods. Now if the government puts a block on big portions then there will be less obesity. Yes, the government should address this problem by having healthier school lunches but government shouldn’t regulate on what is outside of school.

12/1/2012
Montgomery/Texas
Dustin
Mr. Metzger/Montgomery High School
I agree with adding fruits and vegetables to school lunches. I think that it is a great idea so that obese children don’t become obese adults when they grow up. It’s also better to eat some fruit and vegetables then eat cookies or candy. If someone ate candy and cookies they couldn't run very long. The kids could too much sugar they may have so much energy they couldn’t focus on their school work. I believe that the government should have a limited amount of force to take some school lunch menu foods away. Yes, because if some people eat way to much they could not control their body. However you still can go buy your own at the story instead of the government taking it away and never seeing your food again. Obesity is a problem in because some school lunches have fatty foods. Now if the government puts a block on big portions then there will be less obesity. Yes, the government should address this problem by having healthier school lunches but government shouldn’t regulate on what is outside of school.

11/28/2012
Irving,TX
Eric
Ms. Bradley/ Nimitz HS
The USDA should continue to control what the school districts eat, because if they served unhealthy, then the entire school would be unhealthy. People do not know how to eat, well the majority of them, and the school really does a great job limiting the fatty foods. Yeah, it might not be the most desiring food or the most fulfilling, but at least it's preventing a serious problem in a America- diabetes. The government should keep what they are doing and keep up the good work.

11/26/2012
Porterville, CA
Weston
Smith/MHS
The government should stop telling people what they can and can't eat. It's called the freedom of choice. What if a student is hypoglycemic and needs the extra calories? Rather than the government stepping in all the time and telling people what to do, school lunches should be regulated at the local level by parents and teachers to meet that school's specific wants and needs. Obesity is a problem, but it should not be dealt with in this manner. Has anyone ever heard of incentives?

11/24/2012
Stamford, CT
Mary
Home
I think this is a Federally mandated form of bullying people that are over weight and it is specifically aimed at low-income students who have no other option than to eat at school. Diet is a personal and sometimes medical issue - weight issues/obesity can be a result of MANY things. Offering healthy choices is not an issue - that is a good thing. Mandating "choices" is unconstitutional. But once again, when the Government giveth, the Government taketh away.

11/22/2012
Irving/Tx
Hector
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree with the USDA’s guidelines on increasing amounts of fruits and vegetables and reducing calories and unhealthy food . Many benefits come with fruits and vegetables and I enjoy them as well. The government, although not having to directly state what should be served in school, should have the right to say the servings that come with the different types of food served at school. Obesity is a problem that the government should address, it is alarming how unhealthy people from the United States are. The government can do all they can do to motivate the nation to become healthy but it wont lead to anything if people don't take the initiative to become healthy.

11/20/2012
Irving/Texas
Chhering
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree with the USDA's Guidelines that increased amounts of fruits and vegetables and reduce calories and unhealthy food. But they should not be able to reduce the size of lunches. Obesity is a problem that the government should address. They should warm about the obesity.

11/19/2012
Belleville/NY
Ashley
Colby/BHCS
I feel that the governement shouldnt have an role with deciding what's on the school menu, or how much of something that you can have. With the smaller portions of food kids are buying an second lunch and/or buying chips or ice cream. And his is not helping obese kids. If you want do somehting about kids being obese then you should make gym class longer, or have it everyday.

11/16/2012
Irving/ TX
Marisol
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree with the USDA's guidelines, but just because school requires “healthier choices” doesn't promise a healthy lifestyle for anyone. At school, I've heard students complain that the food is nasty, and say, “I don't know why they make us get these vegetables or this orange if we don't even eat them. We just throw them away.” Increasing the amounts of healthy foods is a good idea, but enforcing it shouldn't be done. If obesity is a concern, then it shouldn't just be addressed with just food choices. There are other components that can reduce obesity, exercise, for example. If the government is going to interfere with school menus, then instead of worrying only about the calories, the government should also focus on making “healthy foods” more appealing. There are foods that can taste good and be healthy at the same time. It is also understandable that the government might want to get involved with addressing obesity, but we live in world where fast, fat, and unhealthy food is everywhere. The government dealing with obesity would take a lot of involvement and interfering. I'm not saying it can't be done, but it's best to not let the government get involved. In the end, it could end up fixing one thing but messing up another.

11/16/2012
Irving Texas
Frankie R
Bradley Nimitz
Yes, but only because i personally love fruit. However, most other students will disagree in a heart beat. The government has a role in our lunches because if anything were to go wrong they're the ones who get blamed. Obesity is more so in the control of the parents but in some special cases yes the government should step in and help.

11/16/2012
Belleville, NY
Nichole
Colby/BHCS
School lunches should be regulated on a state level. Because the new school lunches healthier and smaller, more lunches are being wasted. Not everyone needs to eat less food,because not every student in our country is obese, or even at risk of becoming obese. The government should have taken this consideration before inacting this policy. Some students are actually suffering from these new school regulations. As a result of these "healthy" lunches more children are simply buying snacks that their schools offer. Instead of making the lunches smaller, the government should have maybe only made them healthier.

11/16/2012
Belleville/ NY
Elina
Miss Coby/ Belleville Henderson Central School
I think that making school lunches healthier is a googd idea, but limiting the portions is not. Growing organism needs energy which helps to study better and do activities better. Most students are doing sports and they really need big and healthy portions of food. Making portions smaller is not a right decision, it will not help at all. I think that the good idea is to make lunches healthier, but not smaller.

11/16/2012
Irving/Tx
Rebecca M.
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree that the USDA should cut down on high calorie foods, but they shouldn't reduce the size of our lunches. The lunches we get now in school is not enough to get us through our day. Most students do a lot of physical activity throughout their day so they should be able to have the calories that is needed to keep them energized. I think the government should have a say in what we eat if it will help us, but right now I think it is doing more harm than good. With McDonald’s around every corner child obesity is a problem that should be addressed.

11/16/2012
Irving/TX
Kenia R
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree with the USDA's guidelines, fruit and vegetables should be consumed more often specially in school when students need to be more aware and healthy in order to learn and have a better future. After unhealthy food is consumed ones body usually feels sluggish and lazy, we cant have students in school falling asleep because of the food they ate. The United States should have a role on deciding school menus because the US is one of the most obese nations and if they don’t control it, who will? Obesity is a problem the government should address because obesity causes health related problems and then the medical problems, therefore it should be addressed.

11/16/2012
Irving, TX
Chibueze
Austin/JESA
I agree with the guidelines. It's good that government is taking measures to help reduce calories and unhealthy food. I agree with the government intervening when obesity is a major concern for our nation.

11/16/2012
Irving, TX
Daniela M.
Austin/JESA
I agree with USDA's guidelines of providing healthier food, it will be better for everyone, specially for the people who are obese. But if a students is not obese that doesn't mean they don't have to eat healthy. Eating healthy is very important for a human body that is in it's developing stages. And for that the government should address the problem of obesity. Many students are complaining because they don't want more vegetables and fruits in there lunches. But most of the students already complain about how the school lunches are frozen and tasteless. It's hard to please everyone and for that there will always be people that will complain about it. They do not understand the importance of having a healthy diet and the government should educate the students about it's importance.

11/16/2012
Belleville , NY
Nathan
Miss. Colby / Belleville Henderson
I believe that we should get more in our school lunches I see an increase in kids getting more junk food because they are not getting full off the school lunches. I think that the government should change its polices and not be so demanding all the time on what kids have for lunch and what not

11/16/2012
belleville ny
Chandler
Colby Belleville
The government should require healthy school lunches. Nowadays lunches are nasty and not so much healthy. Yogrt and carott sticks are really not that much of a lunchl. Most kids would still be hungry so they are going to go buy cookies, ice cream and/or chips

11/16/2012
New York
Heather
Colby/ Belleville-Henderson
The government should address that their is a a obesity problem, but they shouldn't get into the school's lunch menu. Maybe making the school, have healthier foods would be another thing, but to limit what the kids have on the lunch trey isn't going to help the students at all.

11/15/2012
Irving, TX
Kasey
Austin/JESA
I believe that it is a good idea to have the government to try to help with the health of students, but it could be done better. Lunches are all generic and the same for everyone, when everyone has a different way of taking in food, and have different tastes. Another issue is that when forced to take food that was not warranted, most often it is going to end up in the trash, good food wasted. Obesity is indded a problem that should be prevented, because not only it causes health issues, but emotional/mental ones as well. The government should urge schools to feed their students food that is healthy, delicious and filling.

11/15/2012
Aurora/Ohio
Molly
Frankmann/Harmon Middle School
I think that the school lunches should have a limit on them, but nothing too drastic or anything. I think they should make minor changes first, like not having ice cream every day. The people's eating habits will depend on what they eat at home and it's then their own choic at school. I also think that they should make another minor change of putting in more fruits and vegtables that kids will eat nad actually like.

11/15/2012
Aurora/Ohio
Alex K.
Mr. Frankmann/Harmon
I have an interesting solution, which would improve the economy, and the health of children. Schools have to feed a large amount of kids and don't have enough money to give them each a quality meal, let alone a healthy one. A solution to this is to have each school grow a garden. Whether this is a state or country-wide law would have to be negotiated, but it's a smart plan. If a school has a garden that means that a portion of the food is being grown by the school instead of just bought by the school. The school would pay less money, and have much healthier food choices. It would also be able to serve as a learning opportunity for the students, seeing as a major unit in the seventh grade is plant and animal cells, taking plant cells from a plant would be a great learning tool. These fruits and vegetables couldn't be at something like an optional salad bar, but should be on the food tray instead, so even if people wouldn't get it if it was their choice, they are more likely to eat it because it is on their plate. If anybody has any argument for my plan, i would greatly enjoy debating with you.

11/15/2012
Aurora/Ohio
Emily S.
Frankmann/Harmon Middle School
I think that students learning their eating habits at school if they don’t just each ice cream for lunch. I think that the government should not decide school lunches; it should be the principal's and the superintendent's choice based on their obesity percentage for their school district. For lunches at Harmon I would eliminate the fries every Tuesday or Thursday. I think the school should have more fruit and vegetables options that the students actually like. Also maybe not ice cream everyday you could have on Tuesday's and Thursday's or Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's, because some students take advantage of the situation and just have ice cream for lunch and are hungry by the next period.

11/15/2012
Irving, Tx
Sabrina
Austin/JESA
I believe that reducing calorie intake in schools, and restricting what students can and cannot eat is an inspired idea. The obesity epidemic in the United States is at all all time high, and the government should most definitely step in and begin taking a more active role in providing nutrition that will benefit the younger generation in the country. Deciding what exact foods should be on the menu might be a bit of a stretch, but at the very least certain restrictions should be put in place, and guidelines. Obesity and the negative side effects should definitely be a topic up for discussion, because the overall health of the everyman should be of utmost importance on their priority list.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Tatevik
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High School
Yes the government should require healthy school lunches, because in that way they would take care of the students. The lunches at schools are not healthy and students need better food.

11/15/2012
Watertown / MA
Diora
Rimas
I think it'll be a great idea if the USDA made the school lunches a little better meaning if they added more vegetables and fruits. They should influence kids to eat healthier by serving more salads and dairy products.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Norah
Rimas/Watertown
Yes, but they should give out more because students aren't getting enough food

11/15/2012
Irving, TX
Daniela M.
Austin/JESA
I agree with USDA's guidelines of providing healthier food, it will be better for everyone, specially for the people who are obese. But if a students is not obese that doesn't mean they don't have to eat healthy. Eating healthy is very important for a human body that is in it's developing stages. And for that the government should address the problem of obesity. Many students are complaining because they don't want more vegetables and fruits in there lunches. But most of the students already complain about how the school lunches are frozen and tasteless. It's hard to please everyone and for that there will always be people that will complain about it. They do not understand the importance of having a healthy diet and the government should educate the students about it's importance.

11/15/2012
Watertown
Doob
Rimas
I wouldn't mind the federal government having control over school lunches but not the way they're doing it now. You can't make kids eat vegetables or drink milk, it's a waste of money for it to be required to be put on a students tray.

11/15/2012
Watertown/Massachusetts
Masaud
Mr. Rimas/ Watertown High School
In my opinion the federal government should stay out of peoples eating habits during a 5 to 6 hour time period at school. I don't think changing one lunch out of their whole day has any affect on an individual, its what happens at home that has more affect on an individual. Yes, we should have healthy food everyday, but that does not mean we should be limited to the amount of calories we consume.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Majda A
Mr.Rimas/Watertown High
i think that the federal government should require to have healthy school lunches but to an extent. Having limited calories and little variety wont make kids want to buy lunches. Also, every kid has a different body type. Some require more calories than others and if you're a football player, you're going to need more than the little amount of food the cafeteria serves and wont be enough for them.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Arielle
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High School
I think that the government should provide a healthy lunch but the measures that have been taken recently are drastic. We are forced to take milk and a serving of vegetables. this is a waste of of food. just because you give it to us doesn't mean we are going to eat it. Peoples nutritional needs are different and to make the lunches "one size fits all" is unfair and ridiculous.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Laura G.
Mr.Rimas/Watertown High
Schools should be required to provide healthy food alternatives. Students should not be forced to take food they do not want because in the end it will be wasted, and the students will not gain anything. Students should play a role as to whats on the school menu because in the end they're going to be the ones eating the food, not the government.

11/15/2012
Watertown/ MA
Wilson
Mr. Rimas
No, because every school is different

11/15/2012
Irving/Texas
Carlos J.
Austin/JESA
The USDA has made a great change in the guidelines that are needed to feed a child in school, by adding more vegetables and fruits to the menu. Everyone needs their calories but if we are given the chance to eat healthy then might as well take an advantage of it ad not wait until the whole country is outnumbered by obesity that we would be unable to control it. The government should not make the lunch menus but the schools should but still follow the guidelines. Obesity is a problem that needs to be discussed by the government because obesity is stopping some of those young men to be eligible to join the forces and that is a problem. Keeping our body is healthy is something that everyone should consider due to the fact that in this new era obesity doesn't allow people to work because they might slow down work or that person could have a problem while at work.

11/15/2012
Irving/TX
Ricky
Austine/JESA
The approach that the USDA is taking is actually really good for the long term, however they expect a change quickly and honestly i don't think child obesity will change in a matter on seconds. I know its going to take time but, if you think about all of the children that suffer from going hungry all day because they don't have enough food in their body's it effects their way of thinking and learning as well. Also i don't really think that a person after going all day hungry is going to go home or when out school and not eat all the food that he loves and even now with a greater initiative. Stuffing themselves with probably a greater amount of junk food or things that will get them full and unhealthy. I think the government should have a role in the school menus but, they also have to consider what types of food they are bringing and serving, because their a whole difference from what in theory the food are serving look like and the way that is actually given. In other words just to work together with not only specialist but also the people that are going to be effecting to come in a conclusion where both party's will satisfy. If like the introduction to the speak out said about how its effecting the military and therefore threatening National Security then they should have the right to address it but not just by they taking action and forcing it but to address it to the whole country and come up with a plan so that the whole country can work together to try and get rid of the problem.

11/15/2012
Irving/Texas
Priyank
Austin/ JESA
I think it's a good idea that USDA has set new guidelines on increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables are being served, compared to the fatty foods that are served at school. The new regulations promote better health by serving more fruits instead of having french fries everyday on the side. I actually agree with Derricke Dennis, I'm rarely ever full from eating school food. Sometimes it seems like they've cut proportion sizes. It's always someone's own choice if they want to eat healthy, or not. But the new guidelines aren't doing any harm to any one, it's actually implementing good health. Giving out healthier school lunches is a great way to address that obesity is increasing in our nation, and it gives a great way to at least give students healthier lunch choices.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Busra Y.
Mr. Rimas/watertown high school
Eating healthy is definitely important, but it should be are choice if we choose to eat apples instead of chip or pizza instead of salad. The new lunch rules aren't really doing anything. If we don't like the schools lunch, which we don't, we'll just bring are own lunch. were not losing much but the school is.

11/15/2012
Watertown MA
Randa I.
Rimas/Watertown High School
I believe the federal government should require healthy school lunches, many kids today are obese. But I also think that the school not reduce the portion size. I always bring my own lunch but I've seen lunch from the cafe. They are too small to even fill you up. Schools should still have all the snacks that they usually put out at lunch like ice cream and rice krispies. Even though we should have healthy school lunches we should also still have the choice to eat the way we want to eat.

11/15/2012
Watertown/Ma
Jane
Rimas/Watertown
In my opinion healthy, full lunches should be enforce by the federal government. The lunches that they serve us now aren't filling. They are too small and aren't good. Many students take part in after school activities like clubs or sports and will go awhile without eating anything. Having a full nutritious lunch will have a positive impact on a student.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Samantha
Rimas/Watertown
The USDA's guidelines in increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables while reducing the calories seems wrong. Even though obesity is a serious issue in this country, the school serving healthier foods is going to deter a lot of students. They could simply go to a restaurant, such as Burger King, and get something that they're going to enjoy, not what the school wants. The government should pay a very small role in deciding what is on a school menu because the town that the school is in should play a bigger role in this kind of situation than the government. Obesity is recognized by the government and should be treated seriously, but they should go a different way of solving this problem.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Megan D.
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High School
My personal take on government requiring a healthy school lunch is that everyone's eating habits are different. Yes, we should provide healthy school lunches but that doesn't mean the lunch will provide enough. Limiting the calories in a school lunch also means (in some cases) less proportions. A student may buy a lunch at school but then will still be hungry after a couple hours. Being on a budget, a student will just go to the local McDonald's and order a burger which is higher in calories but more satisfying for the student. With school lunches, maybe it would be more appealing to students if the government provided the school with fresh foods that are never frozen and high in protein. This will keep a student more energized throughout the day and they will be less likely to get a more fattening food choice after school.

11/15/2012
Watertown/Massachusetts
Vahram
Mr.Rimas/Watertown High School
i think all we need is a better lunches, better food.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Derek
Mr. Rimas
Adding more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk, and juice is a great idea and needs to happen to shift the country in the right direction toward making healthy choices. I don't think 750 calories is a good target though. Many students participate in athletics or other after school activities and in many cases are likely to go from noon until as late as 7 or 8 PM before eating again. Given the potential gap, allowing for an increase in calorie consumption, combined with some sort of physical activity would probably have a greater impact than just calorie restriction. It's not how much you eat, it's how much energy you use to burn it off.

11/15/2012
Watertown/Ma
Melanie F.
Mr. Rimas/Watertown Highschool
I do believe that the government should make schools have healthier lunches, but it should happen in an expanded amount of time. Gradually making things more healthy, and cutting back on unhealthy food not changing everything all at once. We should have healthier foods to help reduce obesity, but I think that it should happen at a steady pace , not just change everything in the blink of an eye.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
kevin
john rimas/ watertown high school
yes because not everyone will have a healthy lunch or healthy anything one day out of the week so it would be a good idea that schools have a healthy lunch so kids get the nutrition they need.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Nicholas A.
Mr.Rimas/Watertown High
I don't think the government should require school lunches, yeah kids are getting obese, but you should let eat what they want. Some kids wait all day in school for lunch, and if they have to go and have a salad or something healthy that they don't want... they won't be happy. Childhood is about being happy and doing what you want to do. So stop controlling someones food, when they can have 2 other meals at home that could he healthy. Why do it in school?

11/15/2012
watertown MA
jessica
Rimas
no i do not think the government should require healthy school lunch because it is up to the individual to choose what they eat it doesn't affect anyone else. Even if they require you to buy a healthy lunch that doesn't stop kids from bringing in their own "unhealthy" lunch if anything that saves them money. the school will lose money because no one is going to want to pay 4 dollars for a lunch that doesn't appeal to them.

11/15/2012
Watertown
Sabrina
Rimas
No the government should not require healthy school lunches but they should make it an option and encourage students to eat healthy but not force them. If students choose to eat unhealthily they can live with their choices and the consequences it comes with.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Stephanie
Rimas/Watertown
I agree with the USDA's guidelines. However, the execution of these guidelines by my school is poor. The quality of food is unfortunately far from great. No one wants to eat wilted fruits and vegetables. If they made the healthy food taste better and look a little more appealing than its current state, then maybe a backlash wouldn't have occurred. Also, the portions sizes have gotten significantly smaller. For many this poses a problem, especially for athletes who need a larger lunchtime nourishment to sustain them until night when they return home. Still, I'm glad that the government is concerned about obesity and making a healthy school lunch. It's just the implementation of this that needs a lot of work.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Elayna
Rimas/WHS
Personally, I think that the new lunches are a terrible idea. The administration is assuming that every child should be under the same diet, which is a ridiculous assumption. While obesity is an issue, changing everyone's diet isn't the way to go about it. There are still plenty of children, such as myself, who are unfortunately UNDERweight. More specifically, I have a lack of protein in my diet, and because of this have often come close to fainting when I stand too quickly. If I were to eat the school lunches, I would be consuming even LESS protein, and my health would be drastically at risk. A one-size-fits-all diet isn't going to solve anyone's problems; it's going to help maybe a dozen kids lose weight, and everyone else with a diet problem that doesn't fit the restrictions will suffer. What I would suggest is a meeting each year with a nutritionist, who could help to educate students on what they should be eating to be healthier. But forcing them to just eat less food isn't going to help them, because they'll just eat more when they get home. Rules don't help kids; education does.

11/15/2012
Watertown/MA
Tammy
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High School
No I do not think the federal government should require healthy school lunches because I believe it should be the parent and child's choice whether or not they want to eat healthy. I do not believe it is fair that a child should be forced to eat healthy. That should be up to the child's parents or the child itself.

11/15/2012
Watertown, MA
Charlie O
Rimas/WHS
No. When you reduce calories it means that some people who need them can't get them. Maybe the school board could decide what is served at lunches, but the US is a large, diverse place so having one policy for everyone doesn't make sense. Even then, the person who should decide what you eat is you.

11/15/2012
Watertown, MA
Arda C.
Mr. Rimas/ Watertown High
Yes, the federal government should require healthy school lunches. There are several reasons for this, some of the reasons are that students eat too much junk foods and they need to start eating healthy and the school lunch could be start. Before the law was passed about schools serving healthy food kids kept eating junky foods like pizza, fried foods and other foods and then on top of this they would eat snack like ice cream, chips, cookies and other snacks. This could be the reason why we are starting to have more fat kids in schools. If the federal government puts a law kids don't have to eat these junk foods and get healthier. But if the government is going to put a law they should change the food slowly and not take everything that's bad out in one time. they should slowly take out the foods like they could start from the snacks then the food and then put new healthy foods.

11/15/2012
Irving/TX
Stephen S.
Bradley/Nimitz
The USDA makes a good point, wanting to make the food served at school healthier and reduce child obesity in the U.S. However, it isn't right to limit what a student should or shouldn't eat. There are some kids who don't eat vegetables or anything related to such which makes their meal either smaller or they don't have a meal. A student should be able to eat what they want regardless of what the government says. Cutting down the calories at school isn't going to change what they eat outside of school. So making everything more healthy is just going to upset students and as it was said, students are going to protest the whole thing.

11/14/2012
Aurora, OH
Tyler
Mr. Frankmann, Harmon MS
=Introduction= The government may not be too fond of our eating habits, but there are different sides to this argument. Some just want more food, some want to place regulations on what we eat at school and at restaurants, and some think people should take responsibility and create no new laws limiting our portions and dietary habits. I personally fall under the last group I described. =The School Scenario= Schools have both healthy and unhealthy choices. I have seen kids eat meals from fries and ice cream to salads with fruit and water. Even with the current restrictions, I feel most of the food is unhealthy, either quality-wise or nutrition-wise. However, I feel habits are more developed a home. =The Home Scenario= I feel that most habits develop at home, including eating habits. Parents need to limit what their kids eat at home, and allow their behavior to transfer to school. I feel if government limits what kids eat in school, then the kids will return home and eat whatever they want. The bottom line is that kids should learn their eating habits at home amongst family. =Government is not the Answer= In this situation, government is not the answer. Eating habits should be taught at home and practices at school without government restriction, considering parents can see what their kids are eating through most school websites.

11/14/2012
Ohio
Marissa H.
HMS
As the point was made clear, more and more Americans are suffering from diabetes and obesity. And it is now starting to occur in younger children. Think about it. You, as a student, spend a lot of your days at school and how often do you buy? What do you buy? What do you pack? It is an awful thought of not having French fries every Tuesday and ice cream every day but I think we need to make some changes. Maybe have French fries every other Tuesday. (: And ice cream every other day. If we just started by making minor changes, then over time we can make a healthy switch. Do I personally think that the Government should decide what we eat? I somewhat agree with that because if only our school is making this healthy adjustment, then why not everyone? We can really change the outcome of our country. If the Government were to decide what we eat, I think they should make the switch hardly noticeable. We are not changing everything right away but going piece by piece. What are your thoughts on this?

11/14/2012
Irving/Texas
Claudia
Bradley/Nimitz
The idea of the federal government to control what ewe eat is not a bad idea but the negativity part of this issue is that the supposedly healthy and fresh food is not like that. The food is processed and frozen. The cafeteria staff doesn't end up cooking at the end of the day rather than just unpackaging it and putting it in the oven to heat up. It is okay to have more fruit and vegetables but these should be fresh not frozen. The government should have some control to show and teach people how o eat and have control over the food they intake. But it should teach by example and have fresh healthy food not processed frozen food.

11/13/2012
Irving/Texas
Linda
Bradley/Nimitz
The same way there should be a balance between negative and positive, there should be some healthy and some unhealthy food. If students don't feel full because they're not eating their entire lunch and just leaving the fruits and vegetables there, then there is no reason for them to complain that there is “no food”. Plus the government should have a role in deciding what's on the school menu. I mean, they are paying for it. Obesity is a main health problem found in most Americans. This raises cost in healthcare and makes the need for health care programs rise. Because of this, obesity is a problem the government should try to take care of.

11/13/2012
Aurora, OH
Nick C.
Frankmann/Harmon
I think that the government should not limit what is sold at schools. First, most cafeteria fruits and vegetables aren't fresh, and mostly come frozen, therefore, they are not as high quality as ones you may eat at home. This may discourage kids from eating these foods because they think they taste worse than they actually are. Secondly, healthier foods tend to be more expensive, and lunch prices now are already quite high. Buying quality healthful foods, fruits, and vegetables would be a lot more expensive. I agree that something must be done to fix the obesity problem, so lets take a look at some alternate solutions: 1. Teach kids what they SHOULD eat (not only cafeterias develop a kid's eating habits) 2. Encourage kids to exercise, and not only that but tell them HOW (workouts, best cardio activities, etc.) 3. Also, many people don't like to go out of their way to be healthy, so possibly coordinating healthful choices into their daily routine. 4. Talk about the benefits of staying in good shape, and give the truth. 5. Sell unbuttered popcorn at lunch- makes a great food to munch on to replace chips and is healthy. I know that there may be some problems with the solutions and I know that we are already doing some, but these are general ideas other than eliminating certain cafeteria foods.

11/9/2012
Irving/TX
Mayra Z
Bradley/Nimitz
USDA's guidelines are preferably better than how the school food system was before because overall the United States is one of the most obese nations. If there are other ways of filling kids up in a way that they consume less calories they should do it.Most students outside of school consume mostly junk food and fast food due to either work or simply because they think it is easier and faster. By atleast promoting school healthy choices they atleast make an impact on obesity.Even if some students do complain of not eating enough this can be fixed by getting more healthy choices.Some students also complain of them suffering the consequences even if they're are not the ones who are obese , this to them seems unfair. I think the government should have a role in the menu because they are the only ones who can really make a healthy choice in our communities.If people took over they would most likely choose unhealthy choices and probably increase obesity even more. Even if people dont realize it the United States has one of the highest obesity rates troughout the whole world,therefore it should be a necessary issue that should be addressed.

11/8/2012
Rudyard MT
Donovan
Mrs.Campbell / Northstar
So school have open campus so kids can go to a fast food place,like in havre, the kids just go offf and go eat unhealthy Food, and the USDA is doing anything about it. It's ok to have apples and bananas and a salid and juices and that good stuff to make the kid healthier. Like me I like the healthier stuffs and the bad stuff. But the USDA should do it.

11/7/2012
Rudyard/ Montana
Drew K.
Mrs. Campbell/ Northstar High School
No. The USDA made wrong decisions based on obesity. How many schools have an open campus right now? if they have an open campus at lunch they can just run down to the closest store spend $2.50 on a pop and a candy bar. So schools fighting obesity is not going to work. we need to teach them how to eat. the kids that know this are also starving. like my self i have wait to get home to find something to eat. plus the students that are not full are more likely to not be able to focus in class because of this.

11/7/2012
Irving/ TX
Amber P
Bradley/ Nimitz
Yes, the USDA is making a good decision by making lunches healthier. Kids just don't get enough nutrients, this is a good way they could get at lest some vitamins. No the government shouldn't be bothered to make menus for schools, they have other problems they need to fix. Obesity is a major problem, and yes WE should address it. We as a nation should work together to decrease the number of obese children and adults- health class doesn't seem to be enough anymore, eh? Like I said before the government shouldn't have to help us in this problem, it hasn't gotten that bad- lets not let it. Parents please inform your children on the importance of being healthy, as a nation we are strong and can solve this problem ourselves.

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