ERIC Number: ED406721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Meals Served in Public Schools.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) contacted public school districts around the United States to determine if they offered low-fat, healthful meals. The PCRM ranked the schools according to whether they served low-fat and vegetarian meals daily, whether these meals varied through the week, and whether children needed to specially request them. Schools offering a variety of low-fat entrees throughout the week ranked higher than schools with salad as the only low-fat entree for each school day. This report lists the 20 school districts or communities by overall ranking, followed by descriptions of the menus offered by school districts at the top and bottom of the list. The top three public school districts included Dade County (Florida); New York City Public Schools; and the Houston (Texas) Independent School Districts. Two independent public schools also rated highly--Hamilton Middle School (Seattle, Washington) and Peabody Charter School (Santa Barbara, California). The lowest ranked districts included District of Columbia Public Schools, Los Angeles (California) Unified Schools, and Chicago (Illinois) Public Schools. Two private that offered low-fat options are also recognized: St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York. Finally, two private schools--St. Mary's High School in Monroe, Michigan, and Providence St. Mel High School in Chicago, Illinois--are noted for their affiliation with McDonald's restaurants. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, DC.