Oxymoron of the week: Healthy School Lunches

Michelle still doesn’t “get it.” Here she is with a carton of milk as she role models “healthy” eating in our schools.

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.

How about this for promoting healthy eating in schools?

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

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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4 Responses to Oxymoron of the week: Healthy School Lunches

  1. lisa says:

    Hi Jim. Have you seen this about James Cameron and what do you think? http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/10/08/james-cameron-says-environmentalists-must-adopt-a-vegan-diet/

  2. Jim – I am getting your Four-Leaf Eating materials out to my ~300 health ed on-line contacts and to my Group 5 participants today. That will be in an email attachment that is 6 MB in size. I have also stored this item, containing 19 .pdf’s of yours, on my Dropbox website:


    Note that near the bottom of the list, I combined the pdf’s into one 35-page pdf, that can be reached directly by this link:

    Click to access zEatFourLeaf-HicksHEHP.pdf

    My healthy lifestyle class gets even better via exposure to your materials!!

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