With public school lunches FINALLY modified to reflect healthier, more nutrient dense, less caloric choices, there seems to be a lot of complaints that kids are still hungry after eating. These lunches contain up to 850 calories, so what’s up? Sure, there are parts of the country where kids are up working the farm before school, and staying after to play sports, but 850 calories at lunch should be more than enough for anyone, even still growing, hard working kids. Making a change from fried to baked potatoes or white to whole wheat sub rolls, shouldn’t make kids go hungry unless they aren’t eating the new lunches because they are rebelling! Change isn’t always easy but when the health of our children is at stake, it’s necessary. It’s a right of passage to complain about school. This just gives the kids one more thing to add to the list. No doubt there may be some kinks to be worked out (like adding a pre-practice/game snack for the athletes or adding more low calorie vegetables and fruits to the menu) but personally, I think adults NEED to take responsibility for the health of their own generation as well as the next one. I don’t believe in anyone going hungry, especially a child and especially in a learning environment, but sometimes we mistake food addiction for hunger. I think these kids just want their french-fries back. Change is never easy, but it’s often worth the effort. Helping kids reach and maintain a healthy weight SHOULD be as important as reading, writing and learning to use a computer! What do you think?