Monday, January 11, 2016

Do Healthy School Lunches Mean Healthier Skyline Students?

Let's Give a Cheer for More Fruits and Veggies!!! Yay!

Alright … your mom has been telling you for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. She’s right. But what you eat during the school day is important, too. Calories, carbs, essential nutrients and protein all play an important role in how we fuel our bodies for optimal performance and brain function.

Despite federal regulations to improve school lunch food choices, and a big focus on school gardens and farm to school initiatives that bring local fresh produce to schools every day, did you know that only 12% of Washtenaw County youth eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day? 

5 servings =
1 banana (1 serving) + ½ cup raw carrots (1 serving) +
1 small apple (1 serving) + a large leafy salad (2 servings)

Or an orange, steamed broccoli, fruit smoothie, crunchy cauliflower … you get the picture!

So take a look around the Skyline cafeteria today. What choice will you make to increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables? If you have suggestions, come to a SkyWell Club meeting and share your opinions. We would love to hear them and work together with our cafeteria to take action!

Live Well | Think Well | SkyWell

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