Nutrition in Schools

Nutrition in the schools is very important to the health of children. Children are at school for at least eight hours a day and that’s not taking into account if they play a sport or after an after school activity such as clubs. Most kids are at school more than they are at home so it is critical for schools to have a variety of nutritious food choices that students can choose from otherwise they don’t get enough nutrients. But fortunately, school systems and other governmental regulated organizations recognize this critical piece of evidence.

About “94% of school in the United States participate in the National School Lunch Program” (Journal of School Health pg. 424). This program ensures that schools that participate offer a wide variety of nutritious foods for students to indulge in. These schools are required to serve lunches and other meals that ensure that students get at least one-third of their daily value nutrient intake. They also have to include foods from each food category, which include dairy, whole grains, fruits, veggies etc. This is a very important trend for schools because students eat two meals at schools and only one at home some most of their nutrient intake is coming from the school system. Students need the correct amount of nutrients in order to do well in school and this is a well-known fact. To compliment the wide variety of nutritious foods, foods high in calories and fat are becoming less available options to students at school. This promotes a healthy lifestyle and great for our country.



Bevans, Katherine B., Sanchez, Betty, Teneralli, Rachel, and Forrest, Christopher B. “Children’s Eating Behavior: The Importance of Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools.” Journal of School Health 81.7 (2011): 424-29. Web.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Healthier School Lunches. Digital image. Center for Science in the Public Interest. N.p., 1 June 2014. Web. 1 Apr. 2016.


Nutrition is probably one of the most important things in our society and is extremely essential to our quality of living. In order for our bodies to perform to its best ability, our nutrition has to be valued as a top priority. But what exactly is nutrition? Where did the idea of nutrition even come from?

The aspects of Nutrition could go back to an idea called Nutritionism, which was developed by Gyorgy Scrinis but owes its fame to Michael Pollan. The idea of Nutritionism basically states the value of nutrition in a certain food depends on the nutritional value of each ingredient that makes up that food. Our Idea of good and bad nutrition is solely based on which ingredients are “good” or “bad.” So if a food has enough “bad” ingredients, we ultimately consider that food low in nutritional value. If a food has enough “good” ingredients, us as a society ultimately consider that food high in nutritional value, which means it, is healthy and is acceptable to eat. By these simplistic guidelines, we have become infatuated with getting good nutritional value out of our foods, which is certainly not a negative mindset to have. Although Nutritionism makes sense in my opinion, critics do have concerns about the Nutritionism. Some critics don’t necessarily believe that the total nutritional value comes from the sum of all its parts. They believe that this simplistic mindset could have harmful effects on the body and it can “distort our appreciation of food quality.”

Scrinis, Gyorgy. Columbia University Press. Columbia University Press, June 2013. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.
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