Just like you need to put fuel into your car or recharge your phone, your body needs to be fed food that provides it with energy every day. Giving your body tones of sugar, or lots of calories a day is not healthy for you. Food like soda, candy, and fatty foods don’t do well for your body. It makes your body gain weight and have unnecessary fat.
Your body needs certain things that should be incorporated into your daily intake. Men/boys and women/girls have certain needs but not quiet the same. “Men need an average of 2,400 calories per a day to maintain a healthy body weight.”(sfgate.com). “Women need between 2,000-2,200 calories per a day.” (sfgate.com). Your body needs five main nutritional needs daily. Fiber, can lower risk of diabetes and heart disease. Which fiber can be found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes which is a member to the pea family. Vitamin D, which your body needs everyday. Easiest way for your body to produce vitamin D is through 15 minutes of sun exposure. Essential for healthy bones and neuromuscular function. This one is a no brainer which is water, the most important thing to intake each day. The health authorities commonly recommend 8-ounce glasses, which equals 2 liters, or half a gallon a day. Which this is called the 8×8 rule which is easy to remember. Also depending on your overall health, activity level, and where you live depends on how much water you should drink daily. Calcium, is important for proper growth also development of the skeletal system, which the average persons body stops growing around the ages 18-24. Calcium, can aid in weight loss. Calcium also prevents certain cancers like colon cancer which is a cancer of the rectum and colon. It often begins as a polyp-a tissue growth in the colon or rectum. Rich foods like milk, bean curd, or dried apricots all have calcium. Which is crucial for brain and heart health. Sources of Omega-3 include fish oil, and certain plant/nut oils, reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and lowering blood pressure which many kids in school suffer from low/high blood pressure.
As there are many things that your body needs, your body also doesn’t need many things as well. There is a long list of bad things for your body. One of the main things that you should never start your day with is sugar! Sugar is the devil to your body. Sugar has many bad effects to your body especially that you don’t need during school. Sugar can cause anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and causes crankiness in children. Sugar can cause tooth decay, also can weaken eyesight. Many kids in school suffer from obesity. About 30% of America are obese. From the slightest to the largest. Sugars are proven to make us fat, sugars also contribute to heart disease.
What most humans eat day to day without thinking twice about it is fried foods. Fried foods don’t just damage your body but also your brain in many different ways. Just as a car needs good oil to run efficiently and not break down, your body needs food that can be digested properly and not clog the one and only “machine” you have for your entire life. Fried foods do many things to your body it can clog your arteries, also can clog your veins which can lead to heart attacks. Fried foods leads to obesity. Obesity, basically means people are storing fried foods and carbohydrates as body fat. First lady Michelle Obama launched a campaign to end childhood obesity entitled the “lets move” campaign the goals are to, improve school food quality, making healthy foods affordable and accessible, focusing of physical education and getting parents informed about nutrition and exercise. By empowering children’s parents and caregivers the information and tools they need to make good choices for themselves and their families. They will help our children develop lifelong healthy habits, which will bring us closer toward becoming a healthier America.
Schools need to improve food quality. Not just to make them healthier, but also to make the portions larger. Many kids in school only eat at school because, they can’t afford food at home. An abundant amount of kids rely on one meal a day, which is at school. There should be larger portions, because when kids don’t have proper nutrition they lack focus.
Everyone’s body is different and we all need the same needs in most cases but in all different portions. All depending on your weight, height, and much more. Learning portion control can help with obesity as well. Kids who are over weight are usually getting too many calories or, aren’t active enough, or both. When calories are a problem, it can be that they are drinking too much whole milk, juice, soda, or eating high-calorie foods, high-fat foods, and junk foods too often or in portions that are too large. Good nutrition means eating the right kinds and amount of food. It keeps you in good shape by limiting the amount of calories. To keep children in school from getting too many calories, understanding portion sizes can be a good place to start. Kids in school need a daily intake of vegetables, fruit, and calcium. To have a balanced meal throughout the day. Several studies show that nutritional status can directly affect mental capacity among school-aged children. Provide a balanced diet for better behavior and learning environments. Promote diet quality for positive school outcomes. School cafeterias need to balance out their food proportions, and what children should have a daily intake of.
Nutrition is the process of consuming food and having the body use it as raw materials for growth, fuel, and function. But there are various parts that comprise overall nutrition, including actual nutrients, reasons to eat healthy, ways to eat smart, and much more. There are many benefits to eating healthy. Healthy eating can help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, consume important nutrients, and reduce the risk of developing health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and iron deficiency. Healthy eating in schools is important for proper growth and development also to prevent various health conditions. The 2015-2020 dietary guidelines for Americans recommend that people aged two years or older follow the healthy eating pattern that includes varieties of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, variety of protein foods, and oils.
There are many different ways schools need to change their food. Since there are many students that have allergies, also are many vegetarians, religious believes where students can only eat certain things, and many students have diseases where they can’t eat various of thing’s. The government doesn’t realize what they need to provide for their students in school. Also the procedures that teachers and staff members need to train on if there is every an emergency, like if there is a student having a severe food allergic reaction.
Many schools don’t realize is that many kids in school have severe allergies and can’t eat various things. One in every 13 children have severe food allergies. “Very small amounts of food allergen can cause anaphylaxis (severe, life threatening, allergic reaction).” (Michael Pistiner MD,MMsc). To prevent accidental exposure those responsible for students must effectively read labels, prevent cross contact, use efficient cleaning strategies, and communicate clearly with others. Those responsible for students must be able to recognize a allergic reaction, have treatment of choice for anaphylaxis available, know when and how to use it, and know to contact emergency services immediately. These strategies are always necessary. Educating and understanding school communities (nurses, administration, staff, cafeteria workers, parents, and students) can create safe and supportive environments for children with severe food allergies. Especially letting the cafeteria workers know that a student has a severe food allergy can help the student avoid contact with the allergy reactant. By having a separate area in the cafeteria where students with severe allergies can sit and get different care that’s needed. Care that’s needed for children with severe food allergies would be having a different food line than others, that can help with there allergy needs. By doing this and changing the cafeteria food to help others with their allergies will reduce emergency allergic reactions in schools.
There are many diseases that children in school have. Celiac disease is one of the top diseases in school that students have, which the “immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barely and rye. This causes bloating and diarrhea.” (The editors of encyclopaedia britannica). Which making school food in the cafeteria all gluten free will help students with this disease eat what they’re able to eat. Students have there different religions not everyone believes in the same things. Many religion like the religion Judaism, are restricted from eating ‘unclean’ foods like the pig. Also the Hindus don’t eat beef because, the cow is a sacred animal. By the school having different food lines to provide students with meals or having a paper/sign to tell the students with this disease or different religion what they can and can’t eat will help them greatly. By doing this it will help outbreaks of their disease.
Many students have daily encounters of foods that they’re not able to consume. By having dietary restrictions in school cafeterias, it’ll help students lives by helping them with their daily needs. Just by changing the menu slightly will help students in various of ways. Students with allergies that aren’t able to eat certain thing’s will be able to have more choices. Just by adding more food lines in the cafeteria to avoid encounters of nut allergies will help with less allergy breakouts. Also by helping students with certain diseases and giving them a daily chart of what’s in the cafeteria, or making all foods gluten free will help their daily lives. Just by making these simple changes in school cafeterias it can help change the world.
(Michael pistiner MD, MMsc)
“Very small amounts of food allergen can cause an anaphylaxis (severe life threatening, allergic reaction
(The editiors of encyclopaedia britannica)
“immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barely, and rye. This causes bloating and diarrhea.”
“Men need an average amount of 2,400 calories per a day to maintain a healthy body weight.”
“Women need between 2,000-2,200 calories per a day”