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Editorial: The good school lunch

December 3, 2007
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Most school officials probably would say that they'd love to offer children more fruit and vegetables in school lunches -- if only the children would eat them. But a recent study bucking that excuse should give officials in our metro area and across Louisiana reason to improve our children's menu choices. The University of Minnesota study found that school lunch sales did not drop and even increased in some cases when healthier meals were served. More nutritious meals were not necessarily more expensive to prepare. Financial considerations are important, but they should not be the deciding factor when it comes to children's nutrition. More than 17 percent of Louisiana children between age 10 and 17 are overweight, the 9th-highest rate of any state in the nation, according to a recent report by Trust for America's Health. Obese children often become obese adults, increasing their risk of heart disease, diabetes and other ailments. For children the clock is ticking.

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