Monday, April 21, 2008

What's for lunch?

I came across an interesting article recently that talked about Japanese parents going to great lengths to get their children to eat healthy lunches. They were creating box lunches that had sushi, tofu and other items made to look like Japanese comic characters and scenes. The parents were even competitive about who could make the most appealing lunch for their child and it has become a status symbol of sorts. Imagine if American parents became this consumed with the welfare of their child's lunch! Instead often I have children that bring candy and snack food items to eat as a meal. It is a sad state of nutrition when one considers chips and a soda a lunch. I have had some children bring peanut butter crackers and juice as a lunch. How many adults would eat that? Better nutrition has a direct link to the ability to focus and do well academically.

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