Back to School Food Dear Editor:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:00am
Otis Streicher

Back to School Food

Dear Editor:

With the new school year upon us, parents turn their attention to school
clothes, school supplies, and school food. Yes, school food!

More than 31 million children rely on school meals for their daily
nutrition, which too often consists of highly processed food laden with
saturated fat. Not surprisingly, one-third of our children have become
overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong
addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

To compound the problem, the Trump administration has loosened Obama's
2010 school lunch rules calling for whole grains, fat-free milk, and
reduced salt content. The rules had an 86% approval rating.

Fortunately, many U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options.
More than 120 schools, including the entire school districts of
Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles,
Oakland, Philadelphia, and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday.

As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria
managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our local schools.
Entering "vegan options in schools" in a search engine provides lots of
useful resources.


Otis Streicher
471 Chester St.
Ogden, UT 84403

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