Government: Model home meals after school lunches

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by John Knicely / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 2:26 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A parody video is going viral online that shows students passing out because they’re not getting enough protein.  With nearly a million hits on YouTube the video rips the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  At the same time the USDA is recommending you model your family’s meals after the new school lunches to help kids get used to them.

The parody video is called “We Are Hungry” and it plays off of the pop song “We Are Young” by Fun.  It shows students passing out and the lyrics talk about students trying to find nourishment because of the new guidelines.  Those guidelines say high school students can have more than 12 ounces of grains and meats per week.

 

“I see it definitely from seniors who complain about not getting enough food,” said Lafayette High School senior Alex Kraemer, who is also on the wrestling team.  “Because you have kids who are 17 or 18 years old. Two chicken strips isn’t enough for them.”

Under the new guidelines the Rockwood School District now only offers 2 chicken strips with a meal instead of 5.  And it’s forced creativity.

“We have the cheeseburger where we’re sprinkling a little bit of cheese on it,” said Nutrition Director Carmen Fischer.  “So we can still call it a cheeseburger.”

Schools are also now required to include a fruit and a vegetable with each meal.  Kraemer says many of his fellow students throw the fruits and veggies out.

“To get the actual meal they buy a piece of fruit and throw it on there,” said Kraemer.  “And many end up throwing it away at the end of lunch.”

The USDA came out with a blog this week for families to help keep kids from throwing that food out.

“We recommend reviewing school menus with kids at home and working to incorporate foods that are being served at school into family meals as much as possible,” wrote Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services for the USDA.

Pam Grubbs has one son in middle school and 2 at Lafayette High School.  She says the new guidelines have led her to send more lunches with the boys from home to make sure they’re getting enough to eat.  She understands the intentions of the guidelines and efforts to have families adopt them at home, but she doesn’t think it’s realistic.

“And all of that makes a whole lot of sense, it does,” said Grubbs.  “At the same time with 3 growing boys I’m happy if they eat and they’re full. No I’m not feeding them only bread and unhealthy stuff. But there still going to eat what they want to eat.”

 

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