We all want to make sure our children are getting the most out of school, especially when it comes to lunchtime. School menus are becoming increasingly more nutritious, with vigorous efforts to ensure children are offered and taking more fruits and vegetables. Most schools are doing so in an effort to reduce the rampant occurrence of childhood obesity, early onset diabetes, ADHD, and various other diseases that are affecting more and more youth. Many schools, like those in the Cherry Creek School District are committed to ensuring our children are offered various sources of nutritious foods at mealtime. Aurora Public schools are not far behind. If your school district, or particular school, does not participate in a program that is offering food you know is beneficial for your child, then you always have a few options:
Pack their lunch: While paper bags are always a good option, these days lunch boxes come insulated and you can purchase freezer packs to keep cold items cold. You should also purchase some BPA-free containers to keep extras in, instead of using plastic bags that create unnecessary waste. A hot container will also be helpful to send leftover home-made stew or soup during the cold winter months. Review the list for tips on how to make packed lunches more nutritious.
Get Active: Participate at your child's school to strengthen the parent voice and make a change, such as joining or creating a group dedicated to solving the issue. Support or join organizations that are working towards helping get local, organic food into our children's schools.