Congress Says Keep the Pizza and French Fries, USC Students Disagree
Alyssa Thebarge with Healthy Carolina says there should be better labeling on food served at the Russell House.
By: Lauren Hinnant
A staple of being a kid is hearing your parents tell you to eat your vegetables. But, if Congress has its way, more pizza and french fries will be present instead of leafy greens and colorful veggies, in children's lunch lines.
The Obama Administration is pushing for healthier options in secondary schools in order to combat childhood obesity, but foods that are better for you, are normally tougher on the wallet.
Carolina Dining at USC's Russell House provides a range of food choices for students. The university added healthy food lines recently, but with campus specials like "chicken-finger Wednesday," and popular fast food restaurants on the second floor, some students say the school doesn't supply healthy alternatives other than the gluten-free option at Plan-It Healthy.
"As a vegetarian, when there is only one option that not a meat based option in like the hot food line," said USC student Gabrielle Wubbenhorset. "I mean there is always salads, but I think its hard to get a good mixture of things I tend to find myself eating the same thing everyday."
"I like to try and keep my healthy options open but I don't really know quite how healthy they are I don't know if its really what I'm looking for," said Senior Jake Levy. "I really don't think the options are wide enough for me to really get what I want and still be healthy."
Alyssa Thebarge is the coordinator of Healthy Carolina. She says the healthy options are available, but the less healthy food choices are more accessible.
"I think there's healthy options here, but I think sometimes there harder to find.," said Thebarge. "I think there could be some changes to make eating healthier easier for students by laying it out, by getting better nutrional labeling on it but I don't think we have options."
Thebarge says the best way for students to start seeing a change is to voice their concerns to student government.