Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Adolescents are being provided poor, unbalanced, nutrition-weak food at school. This generation of students is eating “fast-food” lunches that are provided by their public schools, and they are becoming obese. If something as simple as added freshly grown produce or making fresh pizza could change the obesity problem in our schools, why are we not doing so? By researching alternative lunch programs, I was able to learn how to reduce the amount of calories the students were eating during lunch as well as how to create a healthy alternative to an unhealthy favorite food: pizza. In this paper, I surveyed fifty-three 6th grade students at Walter Colton Middle School in Monterey, CA. The survey consists of nine questions in regarding their eating habits, knowledge of nutrition, and their desire for healthy alternatives. I was able to use the survey and make a lesson plan consisting of the student preference of pizza while following the USDA rules and regulations for a school lunch. I analyzed the decisions of what the students choose to eat during lunch, and how it could alter their future into adulthood in regards to health and wellness. I have compiled a set of recommendations for changing the lunchroom to produce healthier and more nutritious foods and stray away from the common “fast food” school lunches.
Ng, Sarah, "Throwing-out the Fast Food: Encouraging Middle School Youth to Eat a Healthy Lunch" (2014). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 601.