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School Lunchbox Low-down

May 26, 2014


Too much sugar and carbohydrates often have an adverse affect on kids behavior, making them hyperactive, which makes them anxious, jittery, and restless.

Dr. Lorraine Hutchinson

Cupertino LMFT specializing in weight control.

One of our chief responsibilities as parents is to teach our children healthy habits. So it’s no surprise that one of the most important things we can do to ensure a good school day is to pack a lunchbox full of nutritious, power-foods that will keep our kids full and focused.

Experts say the items you pack inside that lunch box affect the mood and behaviors of the children, so monitoring carbohydrates and sugars is a big job. The ability to function, focus and learn well in school is greatly affected by a child’s diet, making it more important than ever to pay attention to what you are packing.

“Too much sugar and carbohydrates often have an adverse affect on kids behavior, making them hyperactive, which makes them anxious, jittery, and restless,” according to Dr. Lorraine Hutchinson, a Cupertino LMFT specializing in weight control. Hutchinson says there have been countless studies that indicate that children act up and have disciplinary problems in school directly after lunch because of the poor food choices that were made at lunchtime.

She says that making healthy foods readily available to kids, and having healthy options packed in their lunchboxes each day will contribute to a solid lifelong relationship with good eating habits. And she warns parents that all eyes are on them when it comes to their own eating habits, so modeling good behavior is paramount.

“As parents and adults we should show by example,” Hutchinson said.

According to the Cupertino Union School District’s website, “Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.”

With more than 55 food and nutrition professionals located at 26 schools within the district, the schools are dedicated to students’ health, wellbeing and their ability to learn. Through their prepared meals, the district schools support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

On the Cupertino district nutrition website, it provides a healthy snack calculator that divides elementary and middle/high school students and measures the nutrient density of snack foods, so parents can help their children make healthier choices.

The website also offers more nutritional tips for parents and students including menus, healthy snacks, wellness, fitness and nutrition information.