To Eat, or Not to Eat?

Rachel Rambles
by Rachel Haywood

Nutrition is probably one of the most important aspects of a high school student’s life, besides grades, of course.  Schools are held accountable for feeding all of their students, and frankly, the food isn’t all that good.  Although the lunch services have integrated more fruits and vegetables into the lunches, students still struggle with nutrition.
Some of our lunches are processed and reheated in large quantities for faster delivery time from the lunch counter to the student.  These lunches leave students starving.  One dollar and fifty cents does not buy much.  It’s hard to believe that the adults expect us to survive on some of these lunches.  If students are not given enough to eat for their $1.50, they get the extra food from the “junk cart”.
These junk food items are things that cost extra on top of the $1.50, like chips, Rice Krispies treats and carbonated juices.  This costs more for the student, and offers no nutritional value whatsoever.  This lunch crisis is a big problem!
How can adults in society expect teens to be in shape and healthy when we’re in school for 7 hours, and the one meal we eat there isn’t healthy?  If our school budget doesn’t leave us enough money to improve our nutrition services for students, we need to create a fundraiser to get some extra money so that our lunches can be beneficial to us.

The U.S. is the fattest country.  Teens make up a portion of that part of the United States.  While parents and the diets that teens keep at home play a big part in teenage weight problems, school lunches may be at fault as well.

The inactivity of many high school students is evident too.  Along with improving the nutrition services of this school, I believe, and I think many people will agree that Physical Education class shouldn’t just be two semesters long.  To keep students healthy, the requirement for physical activity should be mandatory in all grades.  Not only does this keep students active, but it gives them a chance to build healthy habits for the future.

If we are the future of this nation, we need to be fed and cared for like we are the future of the United States.  Changing the school lunch program may end up costing more money, but it’s going to be worth it.  With proper nutrition, healthier students can go far.


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3 Comments on “To Eat, or Not to Eat?”

  1. What's Bruin? October 10, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    It’s called “packing” your lunch. Bring your own from home and make it healthy. Or filling, or just plain good.

    • rachelhaywoodnrp October 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

      well, you have a point, but I didnt think of it that way because not a lot of students pack lunches in the first place. thanks for the feedback

  2. akmccorkle October 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Rachel, you bring up an interesting issue that I honestly don’t think a lot of teenagers who are not athletes (and therefore health conscious because of their sport) think about much. I encounter students every day who are hungry, but they don’t want healthy options, they want candy or junk. School lunch mandates are changing a lot of this — but are they going too far? Not far enough? We now live in a country where the mayor of a major city is thinking of dictating the size of drinks sold in fast food restaurants and where citizens sue places like McDonald’s for their obesity. Where is the sense of personal responsibility? At what age should kids be allowed to make their own nutrition choices? I would love to see you do some more research and revisit this topic again in a future column!

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