HEALTH • BY LIZZY MCLELLAN, CNS
At Murray Hill Middle School in Laurel, nutrition information is posted to a bulletin board for students to peruse as they stand in line for lunch. The board displays nutritional facts for each meal offered, including calories, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Some students glance at the board as they pass by, but many do not, such as 12-year-old Victoria Justus, who said she enjoys the healthy meals her school provides, but does not care to check on the food’s calorie content.
Others, like Samuel Gibson, 12, agree that calories are less useful in making healthy choices.
“I think about the same things my mother makes for me for dinner,” Gibson said.
Still, more Maryland students may get the opportunity to see the numbers behind nutrition, if legislation passes requiring all public schools to post on their menus the calorie content of food items served.
Regulations have already passed in some counties, such as Montgomery, requiring this information. Last year, chain restaurants across the United States faced a similar federal mandate for their menus.