“It is our responsibility as parents, educators and citizens to put an end to our broken lunch system and change the way we feed our children. Children are our future. The good news is that change is possible”
The above quote is from the eye-opening documentary called : Lunch – What are kids munching on? by Avis Richards.
The 26 minute movie is focused on different subjects and statistics: kids, as young as 5-6 year old, are developing traditional adult diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gallbladder and more than 30% of the nation’s children and considered overweight or obese. This is probably the most shocking documentary of this kind I have seen.
I had no idea about the school lunch system. I was very surprised to find out some schools don’t have proper kitchens to prepare kids lunch and everything is bought is small containers and they just heat it up before serving. Hamburgers, fries, pizza and other high processed foods are served to 28 millions of kids every day.
As probably some of you know I was born and raised in Romania and my daughter is home-schooled.
I can’t and won’t tell you how’s lunch in our area but I’m going to talk today about the importance of local farmers market.
Each Saturday morning we’re going to the local Farmers Market. We take the time to pick fresh seasonal fruit and veggies grown in our area. We let Tiffany pick some of them. She loves being involved in shopping and later preparing the food. This is a great step in letting your kids learn more about fresh produce. Let them try fruit and veggies that appeal to them.
Take your kids to a local farm and show them where the fruit and veggies are coming from and how they are grown. If the farm has a pick-your-own program schedule a family trip and pick some fresh produce. There are high chances the kids will want to come back just to see how the vegetables and fruit are growing.
If you have a backyard or even some plastic containers allow your kids to plant some vegetables. Let them get as involved as possible.
It’s never too early to talk about healthy choices. Make sure your kids understand the importance of food decision. Make sure they strive every day for at least 3-5 servings of fruit and veggies.
We have to get involved and do what’s best for them. We have to make sure our kids get the best food for their little bodies.
Together we can stop our kids “growing up in a junk-food culture“
To order your own copy of the movie and/or watch the trailer, please visit their website
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the documentary to review. I was not required to write a positive review. All commentary is my own.