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FMTV - Lunch Hour

Lunch Hour

Runtime: 75m 24s | Release date: 2014

This film features: Marion Nestle.

Lunch Hour examines America’s National School Lunch Program which exposes children to unhealthy, but culturally accepted, foods at a young age.

Is this the root of the childhood obesity crisis? What is causing us to lust for these unhealthy foods? Have we unconsciously decided to ignore this situation and accept an unhealthy diet as the social norm?

School officials, politicians, doctors, celebrity chefs, authors, and others share what they’re doing to problem solve this predicament and help save the children of America. Additionally, a USA TODAY investigative journalist shares facts based on many in-depth investigations done by the newspaper, where shocking information is revealed about what food grade our next generation is eating on a daily basis.

Rachael Ray
Robin Quivers
Marion Nestle
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Amie Hamlin
Peter Eisler
Alex Jamieson
John Salley
Dennis Kucinich
Neal Barnard
Eric Goldstein
Joy Pieson
Norman R. Seip
Bill Telepan


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Leslie Ruff | 1 year, 9 months ago
it is so sad that statin's which are known to cause dementia and diabetes are being given to our kids when real food is the answer
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Vernell Dees | 2 years, 6 months ago
After watching this documentary, I am deeply saddened. We, as a nation, have to re-priortize what's important and the children that are going to be our future should be at the top of the list. We need to turn this around effective immediately since change does take time. The children spoke quite plainly and effectively about some of the food they are being served. Instinctively, they know when some things just are not healthy for them and we have to listen to them. Education is key and I was arrested with the point that what they are being taught in health class needs to agree with what they they are being fed in the cafeteria. Conflicting information is only going to send the message that we as their guardians and caretakers don't know what we're doing and don't care enough about them to figure it out and get it right. Clearly- that's the wrong message to send. Their lives, their futures and our futures are all intertwined and on the line. We have to figure it out, make the changes and we have to make them now!
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Deb Gauld | 3 years, 3 months ago
I've been a parent for over 37 years. During that time I've had children (5) in various schools throughout Calgary, AB (Canada). Never once during the 30 (give or take) years of sending kids to school did I consider letting the school feed them. In fact it wasn't even an option. Take control of what goes into your children - be the parent - Why rely on the schools and government to feed your babies?!!!
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Ivory David | FMTV | 3 years, 3 months ago
Hi Deb, thank you so much for sharing your experience and insight with us! You've done a great job to your kids! Keep it up :-)
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Barbara Leo | 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Sad truth is that many families can not feed their children - due to poverty. I think it's great that you have the $$ Means to do so, but many don't.
And food banks are notorious for having less FRESH foods, and more Carbs, or processed. It will lead to the demise of society - unhealthy children turn into unhealthy adults.

And add to this - the amount of Foods (Flour sugar & Dairy) that are now popular among adults, is leading to skyrocketing Obesity rates...which are trigger foods for many - and cause problems in brain health. Flour, Sugar AND Dairy...are known neurotoxins, put in most foods along with additives... is it any wonder people become addicted to the foods that have them?

Ask someone to give up Cheese, or their Ice Cream, or that Special Sandwich... YOU will get the picture real fast.
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Margaret Archer | 3 years, 5 months ago
Last year I had my son on a gluten free/dairy free/ sugar free diet for 3 months. His behaviour changed for the better. To the extent that the school had a appreciation morning tea for those that had behaved well during that term.My son was able to attend that for the first time. What did they do but serve junk food! Apparently there wasn't any good looking fruit at the shops to buy! So since he had been so clean eating the reaction was quite apparent! It took 18 hours but he became violent and unreasonable! All at a time when they were teaching about healthy eating! They have now changed their ways somewhat. However I did note that they are still teaching the original food pyramid in high school with grains to be the most consumed!
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Roslyn Hogno | 3 years, 5 months ago
It's interesting to see whats happening on the other side of the world.
Here in Australia, i'd personally like to see whats happening HERE, too.
As someone without kids, but having friends who have kids and noticing our obesity and unhealthy lifestyle spinning out of control, I wonder what's being done here in AUS...
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 3 years, 5 months ago
Hi Roslyn, I will pass this on to our team. :)
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Samantha K | 2 years, 8 months ago
My son attends a private school which is always talking about providing a healthy lunch. The attempts at tuck shop was not in the least bit healthy. I am thankful the cafeteria option is not standard here, but I believe if they're going to ban nuts, eggs and sweets, they should most definitely ban packaged biscuits, bag of chips and white bread. Only to keep the playing field even. I have packed his lunch everyday, yet he still sees the junk in other kids lunch boxes and feels he gets a substandard lunch (despite my creativity). These school holidays have been such a change. He eats without tantrum, he is happy and thoughtful. It is not only that food affects their moods, but the food environment they're in. It is no different at any other school and if anything, this is a school which is the best around. If the kids are surrounded by homemade whole foods and get time to eat they will thrive. Yet 10 mins twice a day to eat and 2 X 20 minutes play each day for 6 year olds? it is disgusting to say the least.
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Carrie | 3 years, 5 months ago
This film is so spot on! Especially with the connection food (healthy or unhealthy) has with the brain and the ability to learn. It is refreshing to view a documentary like this and know that I am not crazy to think that the food in our schools is terrible at best. I personally tried to fight this battle with one school district (moving took us away) and lost. It was two of us moms and no one else to spearhead the movement towards healthier food in our schools. It's a sad reality that it is a challenge, but a documentary like this would have helped us a few years back. Hopefully now we can use this a source of reference and information when we are faced to tackle it again. Thank you FMTV for providing resources, such as this, so we can become better equipped in our endeavors to improve health and wellness awareness.

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