7 percent to nearly 18 percent. The number of children ages 12 to 19 considered obese jumped from 5 percent to 18 percent over the same time period. "The calorie counts for middle schools is 600 to 700 calories," Stokes said. For elementary schools, the range of calories that students can have in a lunch is 550 to 600 calories. Chesterfield County has about 58,600 total students and about 65 percent receive lunch from the cafeteria and don't bring their meal from home. Meals are healthier and better tasting not only because of more fresh produce but also because more meals are being made from scratch and less processed food is being served. Salad bars at schools mean that kids will have the choice of fresh vegetables and fruit every day and learn great, healthy eating habits for life. Eating a salad a day is one simple, effective, easy step toward a healthier nation. More whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; lowfat milk dairy products; and less sodium and fat.
Research has shown that high levels of salt, fat and sugar in school lunches have contributed to the nationwide childhood obesity epidemic.
Childhood obesity begets adult obesity, and associated health problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, prediabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and more,