Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Day 358- Nutrition Bite

Doctor Says Students Need More Time to Eat Lunch at School
Dr. Arthur Agatston, cardiologist and creator of the South Beach Diet, believes that turning school lunch into a "real sit-down meal" instead of a "minutes-long eating frenzy" would help improve the health and eating habits of the nation's children. "The lunchroom culture is fast food," he noted in a recent interview. "The teacher should be sitting at the table with a tablecloth for a civilized meal. I think it's a huge learning opportunity for kids." Schools eliminated exercise and have taken time from lunch - some students may have as little as seven minutes to eat lunch. Agatston feels that "kids will be happier and do better if they can have a somewhat leisurely meal in a positive atmosphere." His Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren research found that kids accept healthy food, although cafeteria workers have said, "No, they won't."
~The New York Times, February 20, 2009

Sugar Preacher's Experience
When I take time to eat, I lose weight. On the other hand, I gain weight when I am stressed out and eat on the go. Everyday, I observe this school lunch room behavior or eating frenzy as mentioned in the article. Students do not have enough time to eat! They stand in long lunch lines and then have only a few minutes to eat. I guess it is part of the American lifestyle...

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