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Teaching Our Kids About Food

American school children are always in a hurry, running from class to class, busy with innumerable extracurricular activities.

Not even the school lunch period is a safe moment, a quiet instant to relax and  enjoy a healthy and leisurely meal. American school lunches are short (about 25 minutes or less) and they are getting shorter.  The New York Times Health News reports about a new study that discovered that kids ate less, and discarded more food, when their lunch periods are shorter. They simply didn’t have enough time to eat.

“Compared with schools where children could sit at the table for 25 minutes or more, those who had 20 to 24 minutes consumed an average of 6.9 percent less of their entrees, 3.7 percent fewer vegetables and 2.3 percent less milk. In schools that allowed less than 20 minutes, students consumed 12.8 percent less of their entrees, 11.8 percent fewer vegetables and 10.3 percent less milk. The study is in The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.” Read more.

Compare this to a school lunch break in France, which typically lasts about 2 hours! “The French have decided the teaching healthy eating routines to children is a priority, and they teach children about healthy food in the classroom AND the lunchroom.”

And have you seen the French school lunch menus? “Salmon lasagna, lentil salad, organic spinach and more…what French kinder-garden kids are eating in Paris!” Read more.

What are we teaching our kids about food?

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