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Published On: Wed, Sep 19th, 2012

Nick Blohm, high school linebacker, leads Wisconsin cafeteria boycott, not enough food

Students at a southeastern Wisconsin high school are boycotting cafeteria food over what they say is a federally-mandated one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, leaving some students hungry.

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School districts across the country have revised lunch menus to meet federal requirements for more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Nick Blohm is a 210-pound linebacker on the Mukwonago High School football team. Blohm says the 850-calorie cap on his school lunch isn’t enough for him. He gets hungry before three hours of football practice.

“A lot of us are starting to get hungry even before the practice begins,” Blohm said. “Our metabolisms are all sped up.”

But Blohm is a 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound linebacker. He’s also class president, and takes several Advanced Placement classes. If schools want students to perform well, he said, they can’t be sitting in their chairs hungry.

Mukwonago senior Joey Bougneit told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “A freshman girl who weighs 100 pounds can eat this lunch and feel completely full.”

Pam Harris, the district food service supervisor and a registered dietitian, said children’s weight and poor nutrition in America are serious problems, but the changes are too abrupt.

“I could not be more passionate about this,” Harris said. “I want to solve this problem. But limiting calories in school lunch is not going to help the overweight kid. What happens at home is a major piece of that puzzle.”

“Our issue is pretty much kids just don’t want to eat vegetables,” she said. “The USDA wants to solve the problem of childhood obesity. Those are two kind of separate issues.”

Harris spoke at all lunch periods Friday to explain the federal dietary changes and had students fill out comment cards explaining what they do and don’t like about the new menu.

 

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