Given how well the school nutrition program is doing, SNA should be declaring victory. Instead, the organization ramped up its lobbying budget to convince Congress to fix something that ain't broke, and unfortunately it has found some sympathetic ears.
Now, I get that banning sweets from school parties or fundraisers or whatever isn't going to make all parents feed their children healthy foods and thereby end childhood obesity. But it does force families to think together about alternatives.
We all share the same desire to constantly "do better" at our jobs as parents. When it comes to school lunch, good progress is being made, but there is more to be done when it comes to creating healthy school environments.
We need temporary waivers and other measures to help struggling school districts successfully improve school meals. With flexibility, school districts can serve healthy foods that their students will eat.
It's hard to imagine the law's vocal supporters intended that it would result in student boycotts of school lunches, higher meal prices, food wasted or discarded and school districts scrambling to identify funds to comply with unfunded regulations.
A well-balanced breakfast offers an important nutritional foundation for a productive and healthy day, at any age. School breakfast fosters success in the classroom, and also plays a critical role in helping children develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.
Schools across the country have been working hard to implement updated nutrition guidelines for school meals. There are challenges, but schools' efforts are paying off. If you don't think school meals can be healthy and appealing, take a look at these school lunches.
Of course, the food industry isn't going to just walk away from the lucrative school snack market, but given that rigorous standard, it seems to me that any processed foods still sold in schools after 2016 should no longer fall into the empty-calorie, "better for you" junk food category.
Children need to learn to develop a taste for healthy foods both in and out of the home. Schools cannot be complicit in bombarding their students with poor food choices and undoing a parent's hard work.