Survey suggests kids okay with healthy school lunches
Once school kids get over their initial objections, they don't seem to mind the healthy school lunches now required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). At least that's what's suggested by a survey taken by the Institutes for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
The researchers sent questionnaires to schools nationwide during the spring of 2013 and a total of 482 schools responded. School administrators and food service personnel were asked to answer questions about their schools’ food offerings, whether lunch sales had changed from the previous year, and if students ate more or less of their meals. The respondents were also asked if students complained about the new lunches.
The results showed that at 56 percent of schools, respondents said that kids did complain at first. But 70 percent of the survey participants said that kids liked the lunches at the time of the survey in 2013. At rural schools, though, respondents were more likely to say that fewer kids were eating school lunches and that more were complaining about the new food offerings.
This outcome concerned researchers because obesity has become a growing problem in rural areas.