We’ve been hearing about this for a while. Now it’s happening. If you catch a few minutes, read this blog piece by Debbie Lyons-Blythe at Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch. She has links to other blogs written in the last couple of days that concentrate on this particular subject… the new regulations on public school lunches.
I’d love to hear from you and your kids about this in your particular region! Our school doesn’t start until tomorrow, so I haven’t had any feedback. Yet. We’re not saying a whole lot about it for fear of setting the little minds’ expectations to the negative!
School lunch is not making our kids fat!
|My tall, athletic, active, slender farm kids….tell me they’re not eating right!|
Please hand me my soap box….thanks. As I climb up on this block, I run through my mind the reasons that I have not made this blog a political platform. I don’t like to denounce government programs, endorse political candidates or spout points or counter-points to current events. But, dangit, I’m MAD….What makes me mad enough to go against my policy so that I will use my Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch blog to talk about the USDA? The new school lunch guidelines as announced by USDA. Frankly, this has been stewing in my brain for a few months. My husband is on the school board and told me that the cooks for our school have had to put in extra hours this summer to clarify the new regulations and plan for the changes they must make. So I immediately looked up the rules and talked to our school cooks. Here is what I’ve found:The new guidelines for High School Students lunch:
- Limit total weekly protein (meat and meat alternatives) to a maximum of 10-12 oz/week
- Limit total calories to 750-850 per day
- Limit milk to 5 servings per week
- Mandate a set portion of various vegetables and fruits
- Mandate switching to whole grains
On the surface, I don’t think these things appear so wrong. But these are the regulations for High School students. Now, let me tell you about my high school boys. I have two high school boys who are 6 feet tall and weigh 155 and 165 respectively. They both play all the sports that our small school offers, and work on our ranch before school, after sports practice and on weekends. They do not spend much time sitting in front of a television, computer or game station. They are healthy weights, muscular, and very active. In short, 800 calories is a SNACK to my boys! For the entire article, click HERE.