This week (October 10th-16th) we celebrated National School Lunch Week…and this to me signifies a giant leap towards healthier children. More than 31 million children participate in National School Lunch Programs and more than 11 million in the School Breakfast Programs, making healthy nutrient-rich foods essential for so many!
President Obama’s official proclamation for National School Lunch week…
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week of October 10 through October 16, 2010, as National School Lunch Week. I call upon all Americans to join the dedicated individuals who administer the National School Lunch Program in appropriate activities that support the health and well-being of our Nation’s children.”
It seems that more and more people are realizing that what matters the most is fueling our children’s bodies with healthy whole foods that can give them immediate results for better learning, better concentration, better behavior perhaps. Healthy food is essential for all of us to perform at our best and to feel our best…and with so many great resources available – it is becoming easier to understand and implement in our daily lives.
Some of the great resources available to help all of us continue to support healthy foods in our schools and for our children are listed on the healthyschoolscampaign! They posted a wonderful and informative read on several such organizations including, The School Nutrition Association, What’s On Your Tray and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative (Find Out More). Mother Nature Network included 7 fab tips on updating our children’s packed lunches to make them healthier as well. These recommendations can be easy-peasy while transforming your child‘s entire life! Some of the tips include switching out the crunches, investing in a quality thermos for warm soups, and getting creative with wildly delicious wraps. For more great ideas, check out MNN.
These changes are so worth it for the sake of our children’s lives and well being! We have really worked hard in our family to avoid processed foods as much as possible and to stock up on the healthy stuff. Our kids have not only accepted this…but they love their fruits, veggies and whole grains like Kamut Wheat and quinoa!
What are your favorite healthy foods? What do your children like? Do they pack or eat school lunch? As always, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute.
Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.