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ERIC Number: ED539014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-14
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Cafeteria Food. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
Currently, high school students account for 60% of food sold in cafeterias. School lunches should provide 33% of the students' energy intake, however, according to some research, it was found that it tends to only provide 19% because of the sale of "competitive" foods. Research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that girls ages 14-18 eat low amounts of fruits and vegetables and more than two-thirds of females in this age group exceed the daily intake amounts of fat and saturated fats. 56%-85% of adolescents consume soda daily and that percentage seems to be higher for boys. The rate of overweight and obese children under the age of 18 in the U.S. is at 15%, which has tripled over the past 20 years. By 2006-2007, schools receiving monies for students who are on free and reduced meals, must have a local wellness plan in place. Its purpose is to promote and implement a feasible plan for students to be empowered to make appropriate choices for living a healthy lifestyle. In order to do this, schools must work with all of their stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, food services personnel, and community representatives. Many schools across the nation are trying new programs in providing healthy eating opportunities for their students. Aramark worked with several middle and high schools in Philadelphia, PA to develop concepts in healthy dining. Stonyfield Farm, an organic yogurt company, has been working to get organic food into schools. They have been successful in getting foods like Newman's Own Pretzels, Stretch Island Organic Fruit Leather, Silk Soy Milk, and Stonyfield Yogurt into vending machines in some inner-city schools, where the students have little to no access to these types of food choices and have found they are selling well. In the Results of Trying Alternative Cafeteria Options in Schools program, the students did the promotion and education on the importance of making more nutritious choices and found that when they worked with their peers, there was a substantive impact. (Contains 26 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania