It’s no secret—lunchtime is the best time of the day for every elementary, middle, and high school aged kid. The biggest downfall though, is that school lunches aren’t always the tastiest, not to mention healthiest either. Now, schools around the country just might be making it better. With the rates of child obesity growing steadily, making sure that kids have access to a healthy lunch is one of the easiest ways to go about decreasing those numbers.
Recently, Democrat lawmakers introduced the Salad Bar in Schools Expansion Act. The purpose behind the act was to make school lunches healthier by giving kids access to fruits and veggies on salad bars using the USDA school lunch program. In addition, it “authorizes training and technical assistance for schools to boost salad bar use, including Web seminars, workshops, nutrition education and resources for implementation.” Colin Schwartz, director of government affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, hopes that implementing salad bars in schools will encourage kids to skip the pizza and instead load up on nutrient dense fruits and veggies.