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FOOD REVOLUTION REVOLUTION  Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Within minutes of the premiere episode of Jaime Oliver’s new series Food Revolution we saw many causes for concern with the country’s school lunch program. The one that perhaps struck a deep nerve was watching one kid digging into a bowl of sugary cereal drowning in a bowl of chocolate milk. Breakfast, considered the most important meal of the day by many nutritionists, is supposed to fuel our children for a day of learning. I imagine that kid’s attention span is shot before they even get from the cafeteria to the classroom.

Many parents argue their kids will not drink milk or they want variety, so why not offer nature’s natural alternative: water? Sadly, many cafeterias are not equipped with ample drinkable water sources. In a school serving 700 kids, there may be in some cases only be 2 water fountains for them to share. Public fountains also pose a germ concern, especially with young children who may still be prone to touching the mouthpiece with their tongue or lips. The best way to make sure your kids get a healthy drink to wash down their meal is to send them off with a reusable BPA-free bottle of clean, filtered water from home.