RHS Students React to New Lunch Guidelines
In response to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act implemented for the 2012-13 school year, a group of Rolla High School students created a parody based on The Hunger Games to express their feelings. The new lunch program limits high school students to a meal of 850 calories, which leaves many students feeling sluggish during the day and leaves student-athletes searching for more energy to fuel them through practices after school.
Comments from the creators:
"We wanted to voice our opinion about the new smaller portions and the fact that we are not all those cookie cutter kids. The biggest change (in the lunch program) was the portion size. It simply is not enough to keep growing teenagers involved in sports going. I am completely for the healthy aspect of this program; however, I just don't understand why we must limit the calories and portions. We are feeding first graders practically the same amount as 18-year-old high school seniors. I believe a reasonable solution is to help the individual student figure out his/her calorie limit and post what the calorie amount of each item on the lunch line that day is." - Katie M. (Sophomore)
"Before we talk about what this video is, let's talk about what it is not. It is not a Republican/Democrat issue. We are not targeting any political party. Our school is made up of both parties, and I am friends with both, and I respect both viewpoints. This is a student issue. When we go to lunch hungry and we leave lunch hungry, there is a problem." - Chandler H. (Sophomore)
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