Last week, students from all over the nation debated about the nutritional value of school lunch and whether it is a contributing factor to obesity. On KQED Do Now, they were asked, does the school cafeteria provide students with a healthy lunch?
The Office of the Surgeon General states in “The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation” that healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing obesity related diseases. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website states that schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.