How school lunches measure up in countries around the world
Tehran (KNA) - For many children, it may be their favorite part of the school day: lunchtime.
Yet what's on the menu for this midday meal can vary drastically, depending on where you live, and even could influence a child's academic performance.
"When kids eat healthier foods, this can have a really important impact on their cognitive functioning, which can then translate potentially to better academic performance," said Juliana Cohen, an assistant professor of health sciences at Merrimack College in Massachusetts and adjunct assistant professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
"So really, the healthier school meals is a win for both children and for schools," she said.In many parts of the world, schools can barely afford classroom supplies, let alone daily meals, but nonprofit organizations or government programs often step in with feeding programs to provide free meals that include meat and veggies.