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Nutritional Basis of School Lunches and their Composistion Based on Present Requirements

Sarah Heitmeyer Jr., John F. Kennedy Memorial High School, Iselin, NJ

Obesity has become a rising problem of many children and adolescents. Most children spend large amounts of time in school and receive one to two meals there. It is important that their schools' cafeteria menus are those that meet the requirements set down by the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which requires certain minimum quantities of each category of foods. The purpose of this experiment was to test whether the food and beverages in hot lunches at JFK High School in Iselin, NJ are meeting the requirements set down by the NSLP. While the school may offer healthy choices, this experiment will also determine if and how individual students make unhealthy ones. For one week, a sample of each daily hot meal was obtained and its components' weight was measured. In addition, ten random students who bought hot lunch were observed in their choice making each day. The results concluded that JFK follows the requirements by the NSLP, however the student body may make choices unhealthy for them, supporting the hypothesis. For future research, it is suggested that more student observations are needed. More nutritional suggestions can be made to substitute a school meal, making it as healthy and enjoyable for the student body and its benefit.

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