Reading, Writing and Appetizing, Nutritious Lunches

By Natalie Ratz

It’s that time of year again — back to school! As parents and kids are getting the school supplies ready, and trading in the pool schedule for the fall sports and music schedules, it’s also time to ask “what are you going to have for lunch tomorrow at school?” Will it be hot lunch or a brown bag?

Both hot and brown-bag lunches can be nutritious and filling. While school lunch has gotten a lot of bad press, it can be a tasty and healthy option. In January, the USDA announced improvements included in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010, which will help schools provide appropriate and healthful foods. Most schools will post their menus online with nutrition information. As a parent or caregiver, take a good look at the menus and ask:

  • Is there a fruit and vegetable offered at each meal?
  • Are whole grains offered? Continue reading