Notice where Iowa is here. I don’t know about you all, but I’d gladly pay more in taxes to have better food for my kids. My little guy takes his lunch, but there is no reason that schools can’t be a sanctuary for children to eat healthy food. Especially those that don’t get it at home.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says you should be worried about the food your child is eating at school. Very worried.The CSPI recently gave 20 of the nation’s 50 states a big fat “F” for food nutrition policies that either fall way short of what’s needed or don’t exist at all.
Only two states–Kentucky and Oregon–earned the best grade giving by CSPI: an “A-.”
Meanwhile, only 2 percent of all children eat a healthy diet and obesity rates have tripled in the last 20 years. Still, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that sugary drinks, snack cakes, candy and chips continue to be sold at about one-third of the country’s elementary schools, 71 percent of middle schools and 89 percent of high schools.
“Over the last ten years, states have been strengthening their school nutrition policies,” said Margo G. Wootan, the CSPI’s director of nutrition policy. “But overall, the changes, while positive, are fragmented, incremental, and not happening quickly enough to reach all children in a timely way.”
“You would think that with all the concern about childhood obesity that getting junk food and soda out of schools would be easy,” said Mary Lou Hennrich, who led the effort to improve nutrition in Oregon schools. “But, it took us six years of hard work to pass our school nutrition legislation.”
Hennrich is executive director of the Community Health Partnership: Oregon’s Public Health Institute.
The CSPI report card graded states as follows: A-minus (Kentucky, Oregon), B-plus (Nevada, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Washington, New Mexico), B (New Jersey, Arizona, Tennessee), B-minus (Louisiana, Texas, West Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Florida), C-plus (Hawaii), C (Maine, Mississippi, Illinois, District of Columbia), C-minus (Colorado, South Carolina), D-plus (New York, Maryland, North Carolina), D (Oklahoma, Virginia), D-minus (Indiana, Georgia), F (Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming).