Four ways to improve school nutrition now

March 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm 2 comments

My favorite nutrition writer, Suzanne Havala Hobbs, shared four great ideas for improving school food programs, in her “On the Table” column in The News and Observer. Hobbs, a licensed, registered dietitian and clinical associate professor at UNC, said that with runaway obesity and other food-related health problems we can’t afford to wait for the USDA to update its school lunch and breakfast guidelines. Here are her recommendations for solutions we should begin cooking up right now at the state and local level — with my two cents in brackets:

1) Change prices to encourage healthier food choices at school. Lower the cost of fruits and vegetables and increase the price of french fries, pizza, desserts and junk foods. [Now that would be a refreshing change. Why can’t our local school boards set some standards?]

2) Strengthen standards for foods sold in vending machines, school stores and a la carte food sales. North Carolina has one of the weakest policies in the country. [This could be done at the state or local level.]

3) Apply nutrition standards to school fundraisers. It’s a bad idea to enlist kids in selling uhhealthy foods to their families and friends. [Now you’re talking. PTA Presidents take note.]

4) Pass a law to limit the marketing of unhealthy foods in schools. [Why not? After all, we don’t let guns in our schools, why should we let junk food in that’s hurting our kids?]

That’s just a start. I plan to share Suzanne’s ideas with my local school board and school board candidates running this year. Click here to read her whole column and be prepared to get hooked. You can read her regularly in The N & O or at On the Table, her blog . She can be reached at

Entry filed under: Commentary, Learning, Politics/ Policy, School Lunch. Tags: , .

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Suzanne Havala Hobbs  |  March 4, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Dee!

    Love your beautiful blog!! Keep the great pictures coming. I look forward to following this.

    Sue Hobbs

  • 2. sustainablegrub  |  March 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Your blog looks great.


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