Because Hannah’s school is a Title I school in Texas, they receive grant money to host events throughout the year. One of those events is CATCH Family Fun Night – a night that promotes healthy living. The school shares with parents everything they are doing to keep our children healthy and active. We get to partake in a “school lunch” which is a little, but not much better than the lunches exhibited on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
AISD develops different menus for each school level. Lunch menus are designed to meet one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for calories, protein, iron, calcium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Additionally the menus are analyzed to assure that the week does not exceed 30 percent of calories from fat or 10 percent of calories from saturated fat. Sodium, cholesterol and fiber are monitored as well. With our new feature you may view the nutrients for each food item on the menu.I feel bad saying this, but “blah, blah, blah.” I’ve seen the food, some of it is processed, some of it isn’t . Thankfully, Hannah will tell me what she chose for the day, and usually it’s the fresh option – on the days she has the choice of a taco or a hot dog, she takes the taco, which is ground turkey, seasonings, and lettuce. I’m proud of her for the choices she makes. And she watched the Food Revolution with me. She’ll never have a chicken nugget again, which makes me proud and laugh all at the same time.
Lunch consists of an entrée, two selections of fruit, vegetables or salad, bread which may be part of the entrée or separate and a choice of milk. Students may select all five components or may take three components for a full meal. Meals are priced as a unit; however, each item is available a la carte.
Breakfast menus are designed to meet one-fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for calories, protein, iron, calcium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They are also analyzed for weekly averages of fat and saturated fat and monitored for sodium, cholesterol and fiber.
The CATCH Program focuses on coordinating four components: the Eat Smart school nutrition program, K-5 and 6-8 Classroom curriculum,a Physical Education program, and a Family program. The Coordination of health messages between these four component areas is critical to positively impact children's knowledge and behavior. For over 10 years CATCH has guided schools, families, and children in the process of being healthy. CATCH, the largest school-based health promotion study in the U.S., has demonstrated that behaviors such as eating foods high in saturated fat and physical inactivity can be changed.Our family participated in CATCH Family Fun Night and I took photos to prove it. I’m very impressed with Hannah’s jump roping, hula hooping, and dance skills. She loves to run, but it’s a runner, but she certainly excels in other areas.