District Celebrates Healthy School Lunches and Lifestyles
It’s National School Lunch Week! National School Lunch Week aims to get kids excited about healthy foods and physical exercise. Waukee Community School District will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 13-17, 2014.
The 2014 theme, “Get in the Game with School Lunch” celebrates the importance of balancing good nutrition with physical activity. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves more than 30 million children every school day. NSLP provides nutritionally balanced meals that include:
- Offering students fruits and vegetables every day
- Increasing offerings of whole grains
- Limiting calories, fat, and sodium to age-appropriate levels
- Introducing locally-grown ingredients, chef-inspired recipes, and even lunchroom lessons about healthy eating
- National School Lunch Week emphasizes the healthy foods that are offered daily at our schools.
“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and less fat and sodium,” Jeannie Allgood, Director of Nutrition, said. “National School Lunch Week is the perfect time to celebrate all of the healthy options we’re serving every day in our schools.”
Get in the Game Together!
Engaging in physical activity as a family can be a fun way to get everyone moving. Kids need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day—but it doesn’t have to occur at once, it all adds up! Here are a few activities and steps that you and your family can consider to get started on a path to a healthier lifestyle:
- As a family, commit to taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Take a walk around the block in the evening after dinner.
- Encourage your kids to try a new sport or activity—whether it’s a recreational league, school team, or club.
- Walk to and from school together a few times a week.
About National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students everyday. The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for more than 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole-grain rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.