Lessons from the Lunchroom: The Way to a Healthier Future
The Union of Concerned Scientists' 2015 report, "Lessons from the Lunchroom: Childhood Obesity, School Lunch, and the Way to a Healthier Future", details how school lunch programs can be adjusted to battle health epidemics among youth. The eating habits acquired during childhood tend to shape the way a person eats their entire life, making school lunch a critical tool in improving American dietary habits. School lunch over the past decade have tended towards highly processed foods high in sugar, salt, and fat. However, new standards began to be implemented in 2012 to more closely align with the nation's Dietary Guidelines. Improvement in school lunch standards palatably improves children's diets, and the Union of Concerned Scientists urges Congress to redouble their efforts in improving school lunch standards as they are set to renew the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) in 2015.