According to the 2012 annual obesity report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health:
- More than 35% of adults are obese. If these rates continue, more than 44% of adults will be obese in all 50 states, with Mississippi having the highest rate at 66.7% and Colorado the lowest at 44.8%. The number of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020 - and double again by 2030. In 1980, the obesity rate for children ages 6 to 11 was 6.5%. Today nearly one-third of children and teens are obese and overweight.
To view the study online click here.
Studies are clearly linking our national food supply to this problem and demonstrating the negative impact that the highly processed foods are having on our children’s physical / mental health and performance.
In an effort to address this issue the USDA has issued new guidelines under the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act. These guidelines will be phased in for public schools participating in the National School Lunch Program over three years beginning in the Fall of 2012. For the most recent USDA guidelines on school meals - click here. First Lady Michelle Obama recently unveiled these guidelines at a local Fairfax County school - click here.
Real Food For Kids believes a paradigm shift is still needed. Although the new USDA guidelines make significant improvements, schools are still permitted to serve highly processed foods. In fact, we've recently seen Congress approve pizza as a vegetable. For Real Food For Kids' position on this important issue - click here.
What's happening in other schools?
Why are other school districts making change? Why is it important?
- Click here to read an article from Jeffrey Mills, former Food & Nutrition Services Director for the District of Columbia Public Schools. He talks about the reasons to make change, the challenges to get there, and the successes that keep him motivated.
See how schools in Georgia are using salad bars to promote healthy school lunches statewide - click here.