Nutrition changes in our schools

Darren Dawkins, Reporter

In 2010, Former First Lady Michelle Obama changed the school food guideline to reduce sodium, trans fats, and saturated fats served in school lunches.

“I think the intentions were good but the outcomes were bad,” Freshman Quinton Whitestar said.

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced two proposals that will put local school and summer food service operators back in control of their programs. Under the school meals proposed rule, school nutrition professionals will have more flexibility to serve better, more appetizing meals.

“I think that is wonderful because most of our foods are processed,’’ Teacher Bryan Gay said.

Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Center for Science Colin Schwartz says the proposed rules, if finalized, “would create a huge loophole in school nutrition guidelines, paving the way for children to choose pizza, burgers, french fries and other foods high in calories, saturated fat or sodium in place of balanced school meals every day.

“It could be a good thing but it could also be a bad thing because it could increase obesity,” Freshman Braxton Poland said.

All the Food Service Directors of Region V public, private schools, and some daycares will be meeting about the change in March. 

“I’m hoping it will bring good changes,’’ Mrs. Kathy said.