May 5/Chandler, Ariz./Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week -- A majority of Americans believe nutrition in local school meals falls far short of what children need, a new survey finds. In addition, the foods people most associate with school meals -- pizza, chicken nuggets and hamburgers -- are the same foods they believe should be cut drastically from school menus.
Moreover, the survey finds near-universal agreement that childhood obesity is a problem or crisis, and that improving the health of American children requires communities to prioritize access in schools to fresh produce and exercise.
The survey was commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and released at the Foundation's 10th annual Food & Community Networking Meeting, held in Chandler, Ariz. The survey was conducted in April among 801 adults from all regions of the country.
From the May 10, 2010, Prepared Foods E-dition