Saturday, September 19, 2015

Longer Lunch Periods Mean Fuller Students

Longer Lunch Periods Mean Fuller Students
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/longer-lunch-periods-mean-fuller-students/?_r=0

How can a longer lunch make you feel more full? This is an article published in the New York Times about how different lunch lengths affect the amount of food consumed by students. It seems relevant because we are currently studying food and nutrients. 

After reading this article, I realized how lucky we are to get a 35 minute lunch period at Hillsdale. Do you think that lengthening the time we have for lunch would have an overall good effect on students? Consider not only the implications of being more full, but also being more focused in class. Are the benefits of having a longer lunch period worth staying for a longer time at school to compensate for the lost time?

29 comments:

  1. I totally agree that we are lucky to have 35 minutes Of lunch and plus 15 min of brunch and how much of an impact it makes that we have a decent time for lunch and I noticed I'm way more focused in my 5th period than I am in my 4th. Interesting article I really enjoyed reading it.

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  2. I agree with this because I think having less time to eat causes less eating. I also agree with what you said about us being lucky to have an appropriate lunch period to eat all of our food. One thing I want to point out is that even though we have a pretty good lunch period is that I have seen some kids throw away some of their food. That means most kids are eating maybe a third of their lunch everyday. Is there a way we can improve school lunches where kids eat all of their food instead of letting most of it go to waste? I think our lunch period will be more valuable and useful if kids eat all the food they are served instead of throwing most of it away.

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    1. I've noticed that kids often throw away food too, and usually the healthiest part of the meal (like an apple). What do you think we can do to change that? I thought about it and had a hard time thinking of ways to convince kids not to throw their food away, even though it seems like a no-brainer.

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  3. I agree with this because I think that we are very lucky to have 35 minutes of lunch and plus we also have 10 minutes of brunch. I can also focus more during 5 period.

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  4. I agree that we are lucky to have a 35 minute lunch period at Hillsdale, I think the time we are given is enough to eat and have a small metal break. I don't think that making the lunch period longer we be that good because thats gives us a longer time in-between the food being consumed and when our body's needs the energy

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  5. First, I'd like to say that I know more than enough people that don't have a lunch during lunchtime despite being able to afford it, simply because they are too lazy to go and get lunch. For some of my friends, the lunch line is so inefficient that they would rather eat nothing than wait for a long time in the lunch line, which I find very silly.

    I bring my own lunch every day, and that allows me to start eating (essentially) immediately after leaving my classroom, which I think is very helpful.

    A place where those creating these lunch programs go wrong is that there is no point in working so hard and for so long to create a healthy lunch program when most of it will be thrown away. It is probably healthier to have a longer lunch and less healthy food (but eat it all) instead of having a shorter lunch and healthier food (but throw half of it away).

    I'm not someone that really opposes eating in class as long as everyone is mature about it. I suspect that if I were to pull out something that seemed appetizing, a classmate would jokingly say "ey, can I get some of that" instead of focusing on the class. It's not easy to be able to have longer lunch periods without making the entire school day much longer. The district has limitations as to how long they can force you to be at school. If you have first to seventh period classes, you're at school for around seven hours and thirty minutes every day. Adding more time to lunch periods may actually decrease the total amount of time learning in classrooms, but what are you really learning on an empty stomach?

    It's a tough balance between spending time learning and spending time eating. You have to have enough time spent eating in order to learn a lot, but if you have too much time spent eating then you might not have as much time in the class learning.

    How would we be able to rally parents, staff, teachers-- to support and strengthen this cause?

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  6. I think that a longer lunch would be very beneficial for students because many times during lunch I have to spend most of my time doing Hw and by the time i finish I have little to no time to eat any of my lunch. The lack of any food for me due to my diabetes is much more dangerous because it can cause a drop in my blood sugar which can lead to me not being able to focus and can cause me to do poorly in school. But overall I think that losing 20 minutes to eating lunch isnt a big peoblem if it allows kids to eat more. According to Webmd lack of eating can lead to attention problems and low blood sugar.

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  7. I think that a longer lunch would be very beneficial for students because many times during lunch I have to spend most of my time doing Hw and by the time i finish I have little to no time to eat any of my lunch. The lack of any food for me due to my diabetes is much more dangerous because it can cause a drop in my blood sugar which can lead to me not being able to focus and can cause me to do poorly in school. But overall I think that losing 20 minutes to eating lunch isnt a big peoblem if it allows kids to eat more. According to Webmd lack of eating can lead to attention problems and low blood sugar.

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  8. I think that the shorter amount of time spent on lunch increases the number of kids not eating lunch. Personally I don't bring lunch to school because lunch is so short and i get to go home pretty soon after. I think that if the amount of time we have to eat lunch was elongated then a lot more people, including myself would bring lunches to school. I also agree that while some kids buy lunch everyday, the lunch line takes a while sometimes to get through so many people don't think it worth it. Overall i think a longer lunch would be very beneficial.

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  9. I think that the shorter amount of time spent on lunch increases the number of kids not eating lunch. Personally I don't bring lunch to school because lunch is so short and i get to go home pretty soon after. I think that if the amount of time we have to eat lunch was elongated then a lot more people, including myself would bring lunches to school. I also agree that while some kids buy lunch everyday, the lunch line takes a while sometimes to get through so many people don't think it worth it. Overall i think a longer lunch would be very beneficial.

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  10. I think that 35 minutes for lunch is a good amount of time, but it could be a little short for some people. Personally, I'm a slow eater so I need a little more time to eat my food. I know that some people, during lunch, they have to do a lot of other things, like go ask a teacher something, which may take a lot of time. The middle school I went to, our lunch periods spanned from 30 minutes to an hour. I think an hour is a little much, 45 minutes would be a good compromise. I think by increasing the lunch hour, people would be more motivated to bring a lunch, and be more focused during class.

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  11. I think that 35 minutes for lunch is a good amount of time, but it could be a little short for some people. Personally, I'm a slow eater so I need a little more time to eat my food. I know that some people, during lunch, they have to do a lot of other things, like go ask a teacher something, which may take a lot of time. The middle school I went to, our lunch periods spanned from 30 minutes to an hour. I think an hour is a little much, 45 minutes would be a good compromise. I think by increasing the lunch hour, people would be more motivated to bring a lunch, and be more focused during class.

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  12. For others, 30 minute lunches are probably perfect. But for me, an extremely slow eater, I have trouble finishing my lunch in the given time. Thankfully this year, I have a class that I can eat in after lunch, allowing me to finish my daily meal. My first three years of school however, I often had to throw away the remainder of my lunch. I personally wouldn't mind having school five to ten minutes longer, as it would mean I would be able to eat my lunch in time. Having a longer lunch would mean better students and healthier students, which is why I think it would be better to have a longer lunch.

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  13. I think having a longer lunch period would be beneficial to students' health. Many people I know choose not to eat during the lunch period because it is too short, or because there are clubs and other activities that happen during lunch. Some don't eat because the lunch line is too long, which I think is a clear indicator that our lunch period is too short. I think lengthening the lunch period by 10 or 15 minutes can encourage people to eat more and be more focused in class.

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  14. I believe that a longer lunch is beneficial for students because it allows students to eat their entire lunch and have a break from learning. This will cause students to pay more attention in class instead of being tired from not having a break from learning or being hungry because they didn't have time to eat their lunch. There are many students that eat their lunches during class because they aren't given enough time to eat. A longer lunch would cause students to stay at school only about 20 minutes longer. Those 20 extra minutes could be the difference of having students focused and learning or students distracted and not doing their work.

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  15. I believe that kids having a longer lunch time is beneficial for students since it gives students a chance to actually eat enough food to not be hungry during class. Also being about to have a longer lunch time helps student's brains take a break from the lectures and note taking, which will help them be more focused and less tired during class.

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  16. I will go ahead and agree with what most students have said about this article. It's just silly to think that someone who has to walk across the school to a line that takes 25 minutes to get your food has enough time to enjoy their few minutes of escape from their classes. People don't only use lunch as a time to eat, but also as a time to relax with their friends and assure themselves that they can make it through the rest of the day.

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  17. I strongly agree with what most students are saying. Sometimes we barely have time to eat lunch. Students don't only use lunch for eating, but also as a time to relax, relieve any stress and spend time with friends.

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  18. Personally I believe Hillsdale's lunch period is long enough, I don't think there is a need to add longer lunch which would only cause students to stay at school longer.

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  19. I agree with what the students are saying. Most students never have time to enjoy their lunch at a timely manner because they are involved in a club meeting or have to retake a benchmark or have to get additional help. These activities leave no time for the student to eat, thus making the students scarf down their meal for class. Classes rarely let you eat in them due to the rat issue, and I think that it can be stressful because it's hard to concentrate on an empty stomach. Personally, I have seven classes as a senior, and when I don't get the chance to eat my lunch, I lose total track in the following three classes because all I can think about is food!

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  20. I know from personal experience that lunch is to short for me to eat enough to feel full and alert in my 5th period so all i can think about in that class is food and that distracts me for anything in that class because all that's on my mind is food

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  21. I know from personal experience that lunch is to short for me to eat enough to feel full and alert in my 5th period so all i can think about in that class is food and that distracts me for anything in that class because all that's on my mind is food

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  22. A longer lunch is indeed beneficial because students can take their time to finish their lunch instead of feasting on it in a short period of time. I read in an article that if a person were to eat food quickly, the person would get stomachache. Therefore, longer lunch period would indeed be beneficial and I see no disadvantage of having longer lunch period.

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  23. I wouldn't know, I don't eat lunch in school. But a longer lunch period would be awesome so I don't have to think about a class longer.

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  24. I completely agree with you, Peter, even though I don't eat lunch at school I know how much everyone else values it

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  25. I agree that lunch should probably be a little longer because when I used to eat lunch I remember I wouldn't finish it. I would find myself still hungry in 5th period, due to there not being enough time to finish it. I wouldn't make lunch longer because I don't want to get out of school later. This is just something all students need to deal with: eat faster.

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  26. Longer lunches are definitely good and I like that er have brunch too because it makes the school day go by easier. I think if we had short lunches at hillsdale people wouldn't get to eat and 5th, 6th, snd 7th period would be much harder to get through.

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  27. 35 minutes seems to be an ideal time to eat lunch. Most people I know who eat lunch tend to be able to do so within 35 minutes. Since nutrition is important for thought and focus, all schools should provide a similar amount of time for students to eat. If clubs or tutoring occupy lunch time, high school students are old enough to make a judgment call based on their schedule and priorities. I believe what really needs to be improved is the school lunch system. Students would be more likely to eat school lunches if the value were better, the food were more appetizing, and the lines were more efficient. The first two are an issue of funding, the third an issue of organization.

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  28. i think that having a longer lunch in there predicament would benefit them extremely. most of those kids probably by there lunch at school if they cant finish it there throwing away money and also if there staying at school longer it could help them to stay out of trouble. i think lunches should be longer just due to the fact that you get a much loner break.

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