Staff Editorial: School food flops

Lunch options at West Side focus on greasy foods like pizza. The healthier options like salad are hidden and out of the natural line of sight.

Lunch options at West Side focus on greasy foods like pizza. The healthier options like salad are hidden and out of the natural line of sight.

What makes a good lunch? The staff of The Scarlette agrees that a so-called “good lunch” is not readily available here at West Side. Sure, the school has provided many options for even the pickiest of eaters, but the nutritional value of the food they are serving is well under par.

Many entrees offered on the main line and snack bar are deep fried and dripping with grease, which is obviously the opposite of a healthy option for growing teenagers. Teens need to eat foods saturated with vitamins an minerals like fruit and vegetables, but even these foods appear to be soft and past their expiration date.

The options for food choices aren’t limited at West Side, but the way in which they present them makes it hard for the average student to access the most nutritional options. The sub shop is, overall, the best option for healthy lunch choices, but the slow moving line makes it less appealing for those students who have club meetings or homework to do during lunch.

Putting healthy options like soup, salad, fruit and veggies in easily accessible locations during lunch can influence students to make more healthful choices. The cafeteria should be arranged in such a way that these options are the easiest and quickest to obtain.

Making food more attractive can also influence the purchase of healthy options. Putting a couple apples and bananas in a plastic bowl next to a vat of chocolate pudding doesn’t do much in favor of the fruit. This change would be relatively easy to fix, but can help students choose better lunch options.

The way that lunch is presented here at West Side makes it hard to eat healthy. The goal of the school should be to provide a wide variety of healthy options for students, and it falls short. A couple small changes can make a huge difference in the buying patterns of the students, and their overall wellness.

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