A few months ago I was asked to speak to the "Intro to Business" Classes at my Son's High School in regards to entrepreneurism . I had the chance to go into the student cafeteria for lunch. What an eye-opener! I digested more than food that day. I took several looks around and asked some of the kids questions about what they were eating and why. I was completely SHOCKED at what I saw ( and not in a good way). I was watching our kids swig Cherry Cokes and throw down gummy bears and Twix candy bars for lunch. I asked the kids in the group, "Are you allowed to be eating that?". They looked at me like a was crazy and one boy said, "Yes... I just bought it there and pointed to where all the junk food was being sold. The high school was actually selling energy drinks to the kids, I really couldn't believe it. Of course you could purchase a salad, yogurt and other healthier options. These are teenagers if you give them the choice of healthy vs. candy what do you think they are going to buy? I couldn't believe what I was seeing. What happened to the "Let's Move" Initiative?
When I started this NoOodle journey it was just about the same time Michele Obama came out with her "Lets Move" initiative. We tried to approach her and the movement over the years with no success. I knew it was going to be hard to make a difference when NoOodle did a trade show attempting to sell to the school systems five years ago. What I found was each state has their own laws about what is possible and what is not. In order to make a change each state needs to change the laws. No school system could mandate NoOodles because they were too low in calories and the state laws require lunches to hit a certain minimum of calories for lunch, which was very high as I recall.
In addition to the french fries, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and ice cream they had a featured lunch that day at the high school. It was from a local chinese restaurant and they were selling white rice and sesame chicken for $3. It was a HUGE portion of food for $3. Why would they be promoting this kind of lunch during the school day? I couldn't think of anything worse for a growing child to have than fried chicken smothered in a sweet sauce with white rice, can you?