A few months ago I had lunch with a visiting group of kindergarteners from a local elementary school. They weren't allowed to pick out the foods that they wanted to try, of course that'd get in the way of all the big college kids, but what was on the menu for these kids? Pizza, a small side of fruit, and a cookie. Any time I've seen kids come to the caf' they are always excited about the availability of pizza, cheeseburgers, and fries, while none of them pay attention to the other lines.
Why is it that kids only have eyes for these unhealthy foods? If it's based on their home diets, school seems like the place where they should be getting healthier foods. Even in high school I remember having to look a little harder to find the healthy stuff.
Now I'm looking at this campaign to get more salad bars in schools. With a little effort at school and especially through community gardens, do you think we can get America's children back on track, both at home and in school, leading the nation toward a lower risk of heart disease and other preventable diseases (that cost the US billions annually)?