Dec 16, 2009 — Childhood obesity is one of many thorny issues in the larger debate over health and health care in the U.S. But when it comes to kids' health: doctors, lawmakers, nutritionists and parents increasingly focus on school lunch programs. As every parent knows, kids can be finicky eaters. And convincing them to eat green, leafy things isn't always easy. But schools are helping expand kids' palates.
Sarah Bentley-Garfinkle is the nutrition coordinator at the St. Lawrence Health Initiative. She's worked with 18 school districts across the county. Even as schools try to introduce healthier fare, she tells Jonathan Brown that lunch programs have another hurdle to overcome: tight budgets.