Team Orange: Elementary School
Regions: West and South
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR 228 Nutrition, Health and Wellness
Kaitlyn Strong, Kimberly Still, Kimberly
“The food you eat can be either the
safest and most powerful form of
medicine, or the slowest form of poison”.
In the information to follow, menus that are offered in elementary schools in the western and
southern parts of the U.S. will be evaluated. Then the socioeconomic levels, geological area,
and others barriers; such as level of income v.s nutritional standards will also be discussed.
Then, we will provide alternatives in the form of a menu that may work best for the
elementary school children.
Questions for parents and caregivers…
Do you know what your children are eating
when you are not around?
What kind of food is being offered to them for
Do they have access to vending machines rich
with high fructose corn syrup and caffeinated
Nutritional requirements Ages 6-
For ages 6-12 here is the breakdown for AMDR:
Fat intake 30% kcal intake
Calcium, ages 7-12: 1300mg-day
Protein: 5-20% for young children, 10-30% for older children, as high
as 46 g depending on sexual maturity
Added sugar: less than 25%
Fiber: 25 g/day for 4-8 years, 31 g/days boys 9-13 years, 26g/gay for
USDA Nutritional Standards
Sat. Fat <10%
Trans Fat 0%
Elementary school menus
Breaking down this week
Breakfast: consisted of a cinnamon round, egg and
cheese muffin or a bagel.
Lunch: some common things were vegan cheese
pizza or nachos, each day had a sandwich option
(turkey or ham with cheese, PB&J, American sub or
egg salad), then every Friday was brunch for lunch.
Breakfast: smoked sausages, sliced peaches or
Lunch: grilled chicken sandwiches, romaine salads,
and bakes fries (white or sweet).
For every day there is a protein, 1-2 vegetables, a
fruit, a grain and then either milk or juice.
After looking over the meals for these particular
schools, these foods are appropriate for this age
Both schools seem to be striving to have healthy
choices available. For example: Brown rice over
white, baked over fried (even though fried foods are
big in the south).
While Oregon is going for a more vegan diet,
Alabama brings in vegetables that are naturally
grown in their state
Oatmeal, bagels, yogurt
Grilled chicken quesadilla on whole wheat tortilla, with a
side of sour cream, guacamole and Pico de gallo
A fruit option
Milk of juice (ADPH,2015)
Challenges and Barriers
Lack of support from the administration, parents and
Lack of knowledge about nutrition
Complaints from students- Are they actually eating
Nutritional Benefits for Elementary school
Milk was offered daily
Increased fruit servings
More variety of vegetables
Grains are whole wheat grains
Baked foods over fried
Protein choices daily
Food for thought: Are some school lunches better for you
than others in other areas of the world?
To sum it up!
Both schools were at least attempting to provide
adequate and healthy options with the resources they
There is always room for improvement when it comes to
the eating habits of today’s youth.
It is best to keep family and faculty involved in the
choices for students of all ages.
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