Despite the efforts of parents, school teachers, and even Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative, it's still difficult to make sure kids are not buying junk food and are eating healthily. At the William D. Kelley School in Philadelphia, there are healthy options, and soda and sweet snacks have been expelled, but the allure of inexpensive snacks at the corner store is powerful. At Kelley, songs have been modified to reflect healthy eating and play time can even include a model of the nutrition pyramid. More schools are offering healthy food for lunch with nutrient rich vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and legumes. Even so, easily accessible cheap treats at the corner store mean that kids are getting a sugary fix to and from school.
School parents have been standing outside the corner store to deter kids from buying sugary snacks, but it doesn't work on every kid. Getting kids to eat healthily starts at home. Parents have a huge influence on their children, practicing healthy eating at home makes a big difference in the motivation of children to follow suit.