We’re all for healthier school lunches, right? But sometimes it feels like we talk and talk about it and we sound like broken records. Well, here’s a fresh and funny look at school lunches, as produced by Funny or Die and the American Heart Association, and presented by the brilliantly off-kilter Nick Offerman (of “Parks and Recreation”). Just watch it; you’ll see what we mean:
So why school lunches…and why now? The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – a critical piece of nutrition legislation for kids and school lunches – is up for reauthorization before Congress at the end of September.
When it was passed in 2010, it updated the nutrition standards for school meals and established nutrition standards for other foods sold in schools. Since then, 95% of schools and diverse communities across the country are meeting the requirements and ensuring that their students are getting a head start on a healthy lifestyle. These kids are eating 16 percent more vegetables and 23 percent more fruit, according to the American Heart Association. In addition, kids who participate in the National School Lunch Program eat greater amounts of healthy foods, get more essential vitamins and minerals, drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages and have an overall better-quality diet.
We want to get this legislation reauthorized – and we want to keep the issue on everyone’s radar. So watch the video, share the video, and tell Congress to support healthy food options in our schools! For more information, go to www.heart.org/schoolmeals.