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Shaq's Big Challenge: Episode Four

Shaq's Big Challenge: Episode Four

Last night on Shaq's Big Challenge there was a lot of talk about a horror that most kids in America have to deal with: School Lunches.

If you take one good look at school lunches, you'd be shocked at the absolute lack in nutritional value. From pizza, to fries, to chicken tenders, most kids are eating unhealthy at school. I was absolutely stunned at the 'salads' the kids were offered, which was basically a few piece of lettuce in a Dixie Cup (no joke). So Shaq got celebrity chef Tyler Florence involved in the show too. Tyler's main goal was to revamp the school lunch at the kids' cafeteria and while he did have a few qualms dealing with the lunch ladies at the school, he came up with some tasty sounding meals. Problem is, while they were tasty to me, I am not sure the kids agreed. The real challenge for the future is to prepare healthy food that the kids will actually eat and not just throw straight into the garbage. Moral of the story? Pack your kids lunch. Work with them to create lunches they will enjoy that are also nutritional too.

Another point I found interesting was the idea of making working out fun for the kids. Shaq had them do things like play dodge ball and chase a chicken (seriously, he had those kids run after a chicken) as alternatives to just spending hours on end on the treadmill. This theory is not only applicable to kids but adults as well. It is important to keep working out fun and interesting so that you enjoy it rather than dread it. Maybe chasing a chicken around the yard is not for you, but there are plenty of other ways to get moving. So dig deep and channel your inner child for ideas for your next fun workout.


gingereg gingereg 10 years
i wish i would have seen that episode...watching kids chase a chicken would have been pretty hilarious. i agree with those above that said healthy eating HAS to start young. my fiance and i are trying to change our eating habits now so that in several years down the road when we do have kids we will have a healthy kitchen. we don't eat poorly, i'm just trying to get more and more veggies and fruits into our regular routine and get his ice cream and chip addiction out the window...or at least under control!
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 10 years
I saw an obese mom at the mall with her 2 young children. They were both obese and they were in a dang candy store picking out stuff.
Brazilxoxo Brazilxoxo 10 years
The lunch he made looked great but that was not kid food! A lot of kids don't eat sushi so making the food look like it was very strange for the kids, I'm sure. I think he should have started out slow. He should have made typical kid friendly food more healthy. That just seemed like too much of a change too fast. Also I would just like to point out that the chips,ice cream, soda, and other stuff isn't included with school lunches.The kids chose to pay extra for that stuff & we don't know if they had healthy snack options but just didn't take them. Last thing I wanna point out is that not all school lunches are like that.I'm 18 now and I've been in poor inner city schools all my life but we had fresh fruit and big salads and 2 different choices for the main course everyday.School lunches are different depending on the school and that was only 1 school's lunch we saw.
kalaloughary kalaloughary 10 years
Chasing a chicken may be a whole lot wore fun than it sounds! In school I seriously ate a soft pretzel and cheese with a concord grape welch's juice almost everyday. We had an "AL la carte" line that you could choose to eat at rather than the school prepared lunch, it was loaded with junk like bosco cheese stix, fries and nachos. The soda machines offered no healthy alternatives. I knew girls who would eat cookies for lunch everyday. I wonder why I have problems eating healthy now.........I am glad I was an active kid, I was heavy but if I wasn't active I could have seriously shortened my life's scary
Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 10 years
I agree with the above comment. As sad as it it--if they do bring in healthier options, children are more likely to bring an unhealthy lunch from home than actually buy the healthy food at school. These changes need to start in elementary grades and parents need to be aware as well. If a child's first cafeteria meal experience is an array of healthy foods and the child is only exposed to those types of food, they will learn to enjoy these foods.
ditorres ditorres 10 years
kids need to be exposed to nutritionally good food at an early age. it takes a while for a kid's palate to grow accustomed to new food.
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