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Los Angeles ‘Healthy’ School Lunches A Disaster

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From The Los Angeles Times:

Andre Jahchan, a 16-year-old sophomore at Esteban Torres High School, said the food was “super good” at the summer tasting at L.A. Unified’s central kitchen. But on campus, he said, the chicken pozole was watery, the vegetable tamale was burned and hard, and noodles were soggy.

“It’s nasty, nasty,” said Andre, a member of InnerCity Struggle, an East L.A. nonprofit working to improve school lunch access and quality. “No matter how healthy it is, if it’s not appetizing, people won’t eat it.”

School officials have also heard complaints about mold on noodles, undercooked meat, and hard rice.

A Leader In Michelle Obama’s Campaign Against Obesity

Los Angeles Unified is the second largest school district in the country and  has been a leader in moving to the more nutritional fare like that being mandated by the National School Lunch Program under First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against obesity.

However, if the food isn’t up to par, and the students aren’t eating it, something needs to change.

What do you think?

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9:31AM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

Update please. This is from 2011.

3:57PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Healthful food can taste great - get a better group of cooks. (Or, invest in bigger desk seats for our broad-beamed students.)

4:20AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

You CANT force kids to be healthy. Even if you made sure all they ate was healthy food when they are at home, they are going to eat junk food at school or at a friend's place or at a mall or whatever, and the more you try to force them the crazier they will go behind your back.
I think you should try eating healthy food, and try your best to make it a fun thing, but not allowing them to eat junk food every now and then will backfire.

10:53AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

It is so imprtant to KEEP TRYING!!!!!! Flavors like curry and Chinese seasoning are so unusual to most children that it is no wonder they reject it. However there are many ways to season healthy foods that are not so strange to the average child.

9:03AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Good article, thanks. I disagree that kids who don't eat healthy elsewhere will struggle with eating it at school. If they're hungry, they'll eat. My kids battled me when I first switched to healthier fare, but when they got hungry enough they finally tried it. They are still kids and will jump at junk food when given the opportunity -- so the key is to not give the opportunity. I agree that implementation seems to be the key issue here. Wouldn't it be cool to have funding for professional chefs on staff? How about making it credit for local college classes or even high school? That would be cheaper than a professional, educational to students learning the skills, and motivating for kids to see food prepared by older peers.

4:51AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

It makes sense, if kids aren't eating this at home, they sure as heck won't eat it at school. And the cheetos and soda was provided by their parents. Healthy eating needs to begin at home.

2:47AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Great article. Thanks

12:51AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

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12:50AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Here's just one link about chocolate milk. It offers a lot of information on "both" sides of the "argument"..........

12:46AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

By using the word, "you", Nyack, can I assume you are referring to what I said? Absolutely not am I advocating for GMO'd anything. Where did I say that? Please don't come in and just attack and argue with what I say, and if you actually have a contribution to make, why not make one?

Even IF the chocolate milk is from GMO'd soy,it would seem to me to be preferable to soda, which contains phosphorus, which leeches calcium from the bones. That is why so many young people, especially more men are being diagnosed with peri-osteoporosis or full blown osteoporosis at younger and younger ages. Chocolate milk is also available from almond milk, and I've seen it sold in many grocery stores. One only has to go to the organic or natural food aisles/coolers.

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