Having a healthy diet as well as achieving academic goals goes hand in hand with one another; so why do so many public schools serve unhealthy lunch choices to students? Some may think the primary reason for the abundance of unhealthy foods in schools has a lot to do with the inadequate funding for school meals. However, this may not be the case when our school serves the sandwiches of the fast food restaurant Chick-Fil-A. If Desert Edge has the funding to provide an outside source of another meal to the list of options for students, shouldn’t the school take advantage of the resource and provide a healthier option? Replacing Chick-Fil-A with a much healthier sandwich from somewhere such as Jimmy John’s, presents a multitude of benefits for not only the students, but the school as well.
One benefit to making this change is the fact that it will motivate students to have a healthier diet overall in their everyday lives. We go to school 5 days a week, meaning 5 out of the 7 days our meals consist of what Desert Edge provides for us. Having a lunch that is healthier this often would have a positive effect on students to want to eat right more often. It would become a routine to make healthier choices in their diet, improving their health and body as a whole. Nutrition deficiencies can impair learning, so eating healthier food, whether at school or at home, could translate into classroom performance. The more wholesome the lunch may be, as well as the less sugar and fat that the food contains, will in turn have an effect on how the student will perform. A higher sugar diet tends to make students lazy and slack off, as well as not have the drive or desire to achieve their goals. With having much better eating habits, there is a very high chance that we will feel much