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Lunch time needs changes
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tess Bouton is a seventh-grader at Broadalbin-Perth Middle School

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— With kids suffering from obesity, you would think that school would be doing everything they can to promote healthy eating habits. Our school doesn’t appear to be that healthy. This is why a vast majority of the time I bring my lunch.

Schools should have a nutrients chart. We have no idea what is in our food and going into our bodies. If price is the problem, I think most parents would be willing to pay a little extra to know that their child is eating something more nutritious for lunch.

They should also lengthen the time we have to eat our lunch — the risk of choking from eating too fast increases with a shorter lunch time. It doesn’t help that you can spend up to 10 minutes in the lunch line on a slow day. If they can’t afford to hire more staff to quicken the lunch line, they should at least have meals already prepared.

A third problem with our school lunch system is how early we eat. My lunch is at 10:30 a.m. By the time I get home, I am starving! School lunches don’t fill you up. Kids at our age have a greater appetite and need greater portions.

If the school could change these few things, the school lunch time would run more smoothly.

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