A 2004 study published in the “Journal of Health Economics” indicates that a campaign for healthier school meals in the United Kingdom lead to improved educational outcomes. When the school lunch campaign shifted meals from low-budget, processed food to healthier options, grades improved significantly in English and science.
School lunches have earned reputations as being unhealthy and unappealing to children and parents alike. However, through legislation and effort by schools, guidelines for healthier school lunches have become stricter. Eating healthier lunches can lead to higher grades, increased micronutrient consumption, better attendance and a lower obesity rate.
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