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French School Children Dine on Five Course Lunches

In France, public school students sit down to a five course lunch every day, and no meal is repeated for two months. Your child's prepacked lunch of favorites probably pales in comparison. A Time magazine article, marveled at the French public school system's lunch program since US moms try a variety of tricks to entice their tots to eat something other than the standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips and a piece of fruit. While our first lady begins an initiative to increase vegetable consumption among lil tykes, our French counterparts can sit back and peruse a monthly menu that includes an hors d’oeuvre, salad, main course, cheese plate and dessert as well as dinner suggestions for home.

Some may argue that the time to consume such a meal would be better placed in the classroom, but given the staggering US childhood obesity epidemic, and the known benefits of the French diet, perhaps spending more time learning about food would benefit our children. What do you think?

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yeokr yeokr 7 years
i'd love to see more on this! i would also be a proponent of teaching students of all ages to prepare food for themselves. i believe that recent graduates would make healthier adults if they knew how to make better choices than frozen pizzas and fast food or takeout.
amofoz amofoz 7 years
Wow Anon, that's really interesting!
glowingoasis glowingoasis 7 years
exactly! the French way of eating is much healthier. and they are well educated! we need to learn a lesson from them.
Moms Moms 7 years
I agree with kia. I also think there's a misconception that children have to be in a traditional classroom to learn. Kids soak up things in all types of environments so sitting down and eating a meal with their peers is still an educational environment.
kia kia 7 years
I think the way we educate our kids about nutrition should be related to the curriculum they are taught. It can be applied and integrated to more than their weight and health. When I talk to people about environmental issues I am usually able to reach them via talking about what items pass through their lips. Nutrition in terms of biology, economics, etc. should be no different.
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