Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Children in grades k-6 throughout the Sheppard City School District are supposedly being fed healthier meals with inclusion of a salad bar. This change was made to prevent obesity. Older children appear to be more aware of unhealthy foods. Younger children, however, often do not seem to understand that some meals at school are unhealthy. It is important that all children be able to grow up healthy. Preliminary data analyses indicate that school lunches did not really change and students are not consistently eating fruits and vegetables from the salad bar. The only apparent change is that students get fruit snacks two days a week. Based on these findings it is important to change the meals and to assure that the salad bar contains a variety of fruits and vegetables that the children are willing to eat. Alternatives for changing lunches and improving the health of children were also found. A letter was sent to the Superintendent as a way of raising awareness about the need to assure children are actually eating healthier meals
Mendoza, Elizabeth, "Childhood obesity and school lunches" (2011). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 388.