A1 Thornton: They should involve students when planning menues! It can be healthy and student friendly at the same time.
A1 Thornton: Students can be involved in taste tests, both in the cafeteria and in the classroom.
Dept. of Agriculture A1 Thornton: Parents may offer some of the healthier choices at home after viewing school menus on the district websites.
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Dept. of Agriculture A2 Thornton: At 1st there was concern & anxiety, now that school is underway, we're hearing lots of excitement & positive feedback!
What do you think about all the food that is getting thrown away because kids refuse to eat it? Did you consider this?
@crystalcattle @ObesityCampaign What are ideas you have to reduce childhood obesity with non-food solutions? #ASKUSDA #SCHOOLFOODSRULE
A3 Thornton: We need to recognize importance of phys activity in addition to recognizing proper portion sizes of foods we consume.
@radunn11: What do you think about all the food that is getting thrown away because kids refuse to eat it? #AskUSDA
A4 Thornton: In the responses we've had from schools thus far, they really have not seen an increase in foods being thrown away.
A4: It's going to b harder and harder where we live to get good fresh fruits & Veg. My kids said the grapes yesterday were bad
Kids go home and splurge on junk food because they don't like anything the school is serving. This is making us less healthy.
@thefoodtrust Does "healthier" mean only more fruits, vegs & whole grains? What about protein & dairy? #ASKUSDA #schoofoodsrule
A5 Thornton: Healthier means eating a well balanced meal w/ proper portion sizes of all types of foods including protein & dairy.
Protein is shown to curb hunger and keep people full longer. Skimpy protein portions will contribute to hunger and poor focus.
@mrszookeeper #AskUSDA 13 y/o has football after school. He's 5'9", 114 lbs. he NEEDS more than 2-3 oz of protein to keep him fueled
A6 Thornton: School meals designed to meet a portion of kids' needs. Parents may send add'l healthy snax to meet athlete needs.
I think schools should call it "food and nutrition" not lunch, this way its like a class and they can be graded for eating right.
@gabifretes @USDA Do you see a future in school healthy gardens for all schools in the country? Is it possible to achieve? #AskUSDA
A7 Thornton: I definitely see a future in school gardens. They help kids know where food comes from & to develop healthy habits.
@katpinke: @USDA What about free & reduced lunch students who can't afford to buy additional food at school? #ASKUSDA #schoofoodsrule
A8 Thornton: There are a number of programs available in schools to help meet dietary needs of kids during the school day.
Got a 8 y/o picky-eater, I send his lunch b/c the food does not look tasty.
@USDA #askUSDA How will u ensure the food is better prepared.
@troyhadrick: #ASKUSDA It seems the new #schoolfoodsrulepunishes the kids that R most active. Shud encourage more kids 2 B active &...
A8 Thornton: For information on these programs, check out the
@USDANutrition website: http://ow.ly/dk4ge #AskUSDA
@conniepgilbert @USDA what are school systems doing to get kids to try the new & improved meals? #askUSDA #schoolfoodsrule
A9 Thornton: Schools can use posters, flyers, taste tests, & school news channels to encourage students to try new healthy meals.
A9 I know a flier of a vegetable wasn't going to get me to eat more vegetables.
@cassphillips11: Kids can't function properly without enough food. We're not getting enough. #askUSDA #mstmcomp
A10 Thornton: Kids need breakfast, lunch, healthy snax & dinner. School lunches provide approximately 1/3 of a child's daily needs.
@wagfarms #AskUSDA Why is emphasis on reducing proteins instead of increasing physical activity? Remember the Pres. Fitness Chall?
I hope the
@USDA really hears the parents who want whats best for kids. Scary to me that we all forget what the U in USA means. #AskUSDA
A11 Thornton: School lunch proportions are based on scientific needs of kids. Physical fitness important too.
@katpinke: @USDA Would you to come to my rural @WishekND school and help us create real solutions? Please. Set the example. #ASKUSDA
A12 Thornton: We do have a best practices sharing center! You can get ideas from schools around the country: http://ow.ly/dk5TD
A13 Thornton: New requirements have 3 age groups with different portion sizes for each based on avg needs. Not a one-size-fits-all.
@everydayepistle IOM's study School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children http://ow.ly/dk6gj #AskUSDA #schoolfoodsrule
Thanks so much for your participation on
#AskUSDA. We're about to answer our last question for this chat. Keep talking at #schoolfoodsrule
@USDA: We're about to answer our last question for this chat." Translation: we have no intention of giving you any real answers. #AskUSDA
I sure would like to continue to talk and learn more about
#schoolfoodsrules can another talk b scheduled? #askusda
@wagfarms: @USDA Is this a "diet" to try to improve numbers? What if it fails? When will it be adjusted? #AskUSDA #SchoolFoodsRule
A14 Thornton: We know healthy food plays vital role in the education of kids. We con't to monitor implementation of school meals.
@gastromom: #AskUSDA Whatever your stand on meat or milk, let us all agree that soda does not belong in schools
Also interested in knowing if USDA intends to make one day a week meatless on lunch menus.
@diana_prichard: @gastromom Where would you like kids to garden in the north during the school year? #AskUSDA