Healthy habits need to start early in life

Dec 21, 2010

Healthy eating habits need to be established early in life

Lunch at school maybe the only healthy meal a child gets, which is why it's so important for cafeterias to serve nutritious food. Pizza, chicken nuggets and french fries have become all too common on students' plates.

The American Dietetic Association and the School Nutrition Association, the Society for Nutrition Education collaborated on a paper where they assert the life-long value of eating a balanced diet and the effect it can have on academics.

In the paper, the authors discuss the affects of legislation on school menus.

"Since its passage in 1946, the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act has defined the purpose of the program to 'safeguard the health and well-being of the nation's children,'" the authors wrote. "School meal programs continue to play a significant role in safeguarding the health and well-being of American children and are the anchor of comprehensive nutrition services in schools."

Children who regularly eat unhealthy food are likely to carry the habit into adulthood. Prolonged consumption of sweets can lead to a variety of health problems including obesity. Furthermore, such ailments have been associated with higher life insurance premiums.

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