Need more nutritious school lunches

Posted: Friday, December 20, 2002

High school lunches need to be changed. The Juneau Empire recently printed an article on Juneau-Douglas High School lunches and the growing problem with their nutrition. Through our own interviews, phone calls, surveys, and more, we have discovered that the lunch system at the high school, while adequately supervised, could use an overhaul.

In our survey of 73 high school students and teachers, more than 75 percent said that the high school should have more healthy lunch options. The survey also showed how few people were satisfied by Mac's Cache, the snack bar at the high school. Fifty-eight percent said they ate there two or fewer times a week, and 39 percent said that they showed up at Mac's Cache fewer than three times a month.

With obesity at near epidemic levels, Mac's Cache is certainly not helping. It serves Frito pies, mounds of corn chips and processed chili and cheese. Frito pies have 810 calories, 42 grams of fat, and an incredible 2,155 milligrams of sodium.

With the high school renovation eventually adding a new kitchen, the menu items will increase. Hand-prepared foods, such as sandwiches, which are currently against health standards, will become a reality. We are suggesting that more nutritious options should be added to the high school menu, and agree with the district idea of hiring a nutritionist to consult without the district and help plan a new menu. We commend the Juneau Empire's reporting job for helping the public become more aware of the happenings in our schools.

Logan Spencer,

Logan Shaul-Jensen,

Alex Nelson,

Ryan Farrell,

and Issac Stark

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students

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