Fixing our country’s obesity – target the kids

Kids Accepting Healthier School Foods (@Hartford Courant, courant.com)

According to the news article, the lunch line at Columbus Elementary School in Lodi, NJ includes carrots, celery, apples, oranges, and whole-wheat buns and pizza crusts.  French fries and hamburgers aren’t even offered.  Very different from the food I was offered in elementary and middle school, which included such staples as tater tots and chili cheese dogs.

In particular, I love what Martha Conklin, an associate professor at Penn State University, is quoted as saying:

“If you present these healthy offerings to children, they may turn them down the first time, but you can’t give up,” she said. “Children will adapt. Choice is important, but they can make those selections from healthy offerings.”

Absolutely.  Children will adapt, and that I believe is where our solutions to the obesity epidemic lie.  This, I hope, is a trend that continues.  Now, if we can just get Coke and Pepsi out of our schools….

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