As the debate on school lunch reform continues to rage on at the
national and state government level, a new survey found that less than
six percent of parents feel the recent reforms have resulted in any
meaningful healthy changes in the foods served to their children.
Conducted by the Life
Time Foundation, a private operating foundation created by Life
Time - The Healthy Way of Life CompanySM (NYSE: LTM),
the survey tallied 1,079 parents' thoughts regarding school meals.
Survey participants suggested that government guidelines and implemented
changes nationwide aren't resonating with parents. Most notably, 29
percent said they weren't sure what the new guidelines are and 22
percent said that the guidelines didn't seem to improve the lunches at
all. Moreover, 43.8 percent said that more change needs to be
When deciding to purchase school lunches, survey respondents said price
and convenience weren't as important as quality of ingredients. More
than 72 percent are willing to pay up to $2.00 more per meal for
healthier meals for their children, and 83 percent said they would have
their child purchase school meals more often if the offerings were all
natural. Notably, 72 percent of parents also said they regularly review
the nutrition content of the food they serve their kids at home, while
60 percent of parents have never looked at the nutritional information
of foods supplied at school.
"In the face of overwhelming childhood obesity and diabetes rates, we
believe real commitments need to be made to provide healthier foods to
kids at school," said Jaes McGuire, director, Life Time Foundation.
"This must be an active partnership between parents, students, school
administrators and government officials. At the Life Time Foundation, we
aim to help drive critical dialog and meaningful change with respect to
how schools purchase and prepare food, including the removal of
unhealthy and harmful ingredients via the grants and resources we
provide. Collectively, we can create long-term solutions that provide
students with great-tasting, real foods that support healthy, active
lives while promoting improved focus and achievement, and reduced sick
Serving as an agent of change to positively impact school nutrition, the
Life Time Foundation currently supports-at more than 90 schools in
Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio-the elimination of seven targeted
ingredients from school menus. They include: bleached flour; artificial
preservatives, colors and sweeteners; high fructose corn syrup; trans
fats and hydrogenated oils; and antibiotics and hormones in beef and
other animal products whenever possible. Studies have shown that in
addition to nutritional benefits, healthier diets also associate with
higher academic performance.
The Life Time Foundation is seeking additional school lunch partner
applicants throughout the United States. Schools or parents interested
in learning more may email firstname.lastname@example.org
to submit a school for consideration.
For more information about the Life Time Foundation's school lunch
program, visit www.ltffoundation.org
Survey MethodologyThe school lunch survey was conducted by
the Life Time Foundation, a private operating foundation created by Life
Time - The Healthy Way of Life CompanySM among 1,079 U.S.
adults ages 18+ who are members of Life Time Fitness or Life Time
About the Life Time FoundationAs a private operating
foundation created by Life Time Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: LTM), the Life Time
Foundation is about inspiring healthy people and a healthy planet one
mission at a time. Currently, the Foundation is focused on improving
children's nutrition through education and the reduction or elimination
of highly processed and artificial ingredients from school lunch menus,
ensuring every child has a healthy start in life. Unlike many other
charitable organizations in which a portion of donations is consumed by
administrative costs, 100% of every dollar donated to the Life Time
Foundation directly supports its mission because all administrative
costs are contributed by Life Time. For more information, visit ltffoundation.org.
About Life Time Fitness, Inc.As The Healthy Way of Life
Company, Life Time Fitness (NYSE: LTM) helps organizations, communities
and individuals achieve their total health objectives, athletic
aspirations and fitness goals by engaging in their areas of interest -
or discovering new passions - both inside and outside of Life Time's
distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation
and spa destinations, most of which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. The Company's Healthy Way of Life approach enables customers to
achieve this by providing the best programs, people and places of
uncompromising quality and value. As of July 22, 2014, the Company
operated 112 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE
TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada.
Additional information about Life Time centers, programs and services is
available at lifetimefitness.com.
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