Everyone praises Michelle Obama for working diligently to improve the quality of school lunches across the land. But is it really doing any good? And will it ever do any good as long as our government fails to acknowledge EXACTLY what constitutes a health-promoting diet?
I actually think all of this focus on improving school lunches may be doing more harm than good. For one thing, we have the cart before the horse in terms of “getting it right” about what we should be eating. Secondly, all of this excitement about Michelle working on the school lunches may create the false illusion that our nation is taking care of business when it comes to the health of our children.
Students revolt. Well, we’re not taking care of business—-and the the children are not the least bit happy. Now, by refusing to eat the “healthier items” the schools are being forced to serve, we’re just creating more waste of food—meanwhile, one billion people in this world go hungry every day. From a 10-5-12 New York Times article (see link below):
Outside Pittsburgh, they are proclaiming a strike, taking to Twitter and Facebook to spread the word. In a village near Milwaukee, hundreds staged a boycott. In a small farming and ranching community in western Kansas, they have produced a parody video. And in Parsippany, N.J., the protest is six days old and counting.
They are high school students, and their complaint is about lunch — healthier, smaller and more expensive than ever.
One group of high school students in Kansas even produced a video entitled “We are hungry” and it had over 900,000 views in the first three weeks. I don’t recommend that you waste time watching all of it, but they do make a good point.
The Bottom Line. I posted a blog a few months ago about “doing things right” as compared to “doing the right things.” Although we’re beginning to “do some things” better, we’re never going to fix health care in this country until we “fix the food.” And we’re not going to fix the food until our government, nutritional scientists and medical doctors accept the simple wisdom of a lone renegade scientist from Cornell University:
The closer we get to eating a diet of whole, plant-based foods, the better off we will be. — T. Colin Campbell, PhD
The five medical doctors in our book agree, and it’s that common ground of knowledge that forms the foundation of our 4Leaf Health Promotion Program.
- Source article. Healthier School Lunches Face Student Rejection – NYTimes.com.
- Doing “things right” or doing the “right thing … – J. Morris Hicks, author
- Federal guidelines & Michelle Obama—not getting it done
- Michelle, it’s time to tell the world about “meat & dairy.”
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- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The ”big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation