By Christy Harrison, REDBOOK
When a Chicago public school employee decided to buy and eat her cafeteria's lunch every day for a year (and anonymously blog about the experience), she discovered a whole bunch of things that she couldn't stomach. Sarah Wu, a.k.a. "Mrs. Q," has written a book about it, Fed Up With Lunch. Her ideas can make any school healthier.
1. Volunteer to serve lunch
"That way, you can scope out the food situation. Before I did the experiment, I had no idea that chicken fingers may be mixed with fillers and that PB&J sandwiches are made with a ton of processed peanut butter and some kind of mushy graham cracker. If you're there, you can also figure out how much time the kids get to eat, and whether they get recess."
2. Start a food fight (nicely)
"When parents get involved, it makes a huge difference, like the mom I met who was able to get a salad bar into her kids' school. If you want