Brit Kids Shun Healthy Meals
This is discouraging. Apparently British school children have stopped eating school lunch since healthier meals were instituted back in 2006. Kim Murphy of The Los Angeles Times has more:
The Pied Piper, it turns out, he was not. In the wake of an Oliver-inspired national program to provide more nutritious food, students have gravitated away from the cafeteria in a majority of the schools surveyed, according to a government report released Wednesday.I wonder. Could the meat-pie pushing mamas have something to do with this?
The findings back up earlier reports that more than 400,000 children had stopped eating school lunches since the program debuted in September 2006.
Recalcitrant food service workers and angry "meat pie mums" are chortling with I-told-you-sos. But school officials blamed the exodus on poor marketing, minimal menu choices and a lack of consultation with pupils and parents. They signaled their determination to win reluctant junk food fans over to the merits of salad bars and baked chicken.
The call for more nutritious school lunches has been a mantra across much of the developed world, but Britain made the effort mandatory last year. State schools are required to serve meals heavy in fruits, vegetables and oily fish. Candy, potato chips and popcorn are forbidden. Old standards such as chicken nuggets and processed burgers are served no more than twice a month.
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