Test Your School Lunch Smarts

  • School lunches are convenient, but they aren’t exactly known for being tasty and nutritious. What parent wouldn’t love saving the time it takes to pack lunches?! But are school lunches getting a bad rap? Take our true-or-false quiz to find out!

  • Question 1 of 5

    On average, lunch served at school is more nutritious than a packed lunch sent from home.

    Yes, that's correct.

    Statistics show kids eating a lunch from home are significantly less likely to have fruits, veggies and dairy than those eating a school lunch. Plus, prepackaged “lunch box” foods are full of sodium and sweeteners.

    • When packing a lunch, be sure to include a lean protein, whole grains, a fruit, a vegetable and milk.

    No, that's not correct.

    The correct answer is: True

    Statistics show kids eating a lunch from home are significantly less likely to have fruits, veggies and dairy than those eating a school lunch. Plus, prepackaged “lunch box” foods are full of sodium and sweeteners.

    • When packing a lunch, be sure to include a lean protein, whole grains, a fruit, a vegetable and milk.

  • Question 2 of 5

    School lunches are not considered a balanced meal.

    Yes, that's correct.

    Thanks to new federal guidelines, schools are serving all the components of a balanced plate, including whole grains, fruits, veggies, protein and dairy. And Strong4Life is working with Georgia’s school cafeterias to make choosing healthy foods more appealing to students.

    No, that's not correct.

    The correct answer is: False

    Thanks to new federal guidelines, schools are serving all the components of a balanced plate, including whole grains, fruits, veggies, protein and dairy. And Strong4Life is working with Georgia’s school cafeterias to make choosing healthy foods more appealing to students.

  • Question 3 of 5

    There’s nothing anyone can do to convince my kid to eat more veggies.

    Yes, that's correct.

    Research shows something as simple as giving veggies a name like “X-Ray Vision Carrots” makes students eat twice as much of their carrots. Plus, they are 16 percent more likely to choose hot vegetable dishes when they are given fun names.

    No, that's not correct

    The correct answer is: False

    Research shows something as simple as giving veggies a name like “X-Ray Vision Carrots” makes students eat twice as much of their carrots. Plus, they are 16 percent more likely to choose hot vegetable dishes when they are given fun names.

  • Question 4 of 5

    Kids are motivated to make better food choices when they see sports stars endorsing healthy foods.

    Yes, that's correct.

    Our focus groups with kids here in Georgia prove they want to know how eating healthy foods impacts their growing bodies. We learned when kids understand the benefits of certain foods, it motivates them to eat those “good-for-you” foods, and that kids are savvy and see through celebrity endorsements!

    No, that's not correct.

    The correct answer is: False

    Our focus groups with kids here in Georgia prove they want to know how eating healthy foods impacts their growing bodies. We learned when kids understand the benefits of certain foods, it motivates them to eat those “good-for-you” foods, and that kids are savvy and see through celebrity endorsements!

  • Question 5 of 5

    Buying a school lunch can be less expensive than bringing a lunch from home.

    Yes, that's correct.

    The typical lunch from home averages $3.81 per day versus $2.45 per day for a school lunch including milk. School lunches cost less and pack nutrients into every bite!

    No, that's not correct.

    The correct answer is: True

    The typical lunch from home averages $3.81 per day versus $2.45 per day for a school lunch including milk. School lunches cost less and pack nutrients into every bite!

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    School lunches may have received a bad rap in the past, but today they are a nutritious, convenient and a tasty way for your kids to eat a healthy lunch—no brown bag required!