The reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Bill is on the table. School breakfast and lunch are here to stay, but other programs require renewal every five years. These include:

Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act of 2010, part of the Nutrition Bill, will establish "nutrition guidelines for all foods sold in schools."

Although school meal programs have long provided nourishment to children whose families couldn't afford much food, the meals provided by schools and grant programs are — as health advocates point out — not the healthiest approach to eating.

High-fat foods have become a staple of lunch programs across the nation. Jamie Oliver, British chef and cookbook author extraordinaire, recently started his own self-proclaimed "revolution" when he discovered the junk food included in schoolchildren's daily lunches here in the U.S:

"It's all about making radical changes to the school meals system and challenging the junk food culture by showing school they can serve fresh nutrition meals that kids enjoy eating."

In order for this to happen, however, the bill needs continued financial support, and support from Americans to ensure that meal guidelines are improved.

Action for Healthy Kids

"Action for Healthy Kids is the nation's leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by working with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day and be ready to learn."

This network partners with organizations and schools to help children develop healthy habits for life, starting in childhood. There's a petition open on their website for anyone to sign who is interested in seeing grease-filled school lunches become a thing of the past. Those who sign the petition are also supporting healthier options in vending machines. With the improvement in the ingredients — and taste — of healthy, whole food snacks over the last couple of decades, it's a reasonable expectation.

The organization is also concerned about obesity and diabetes epidemics in children across the country. Their vision is to help children understand how to have a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity and education about how to eat healthy for life.

Here at Parenting Squad, we've provided families with health information and resources on everything from obesity rates, to helping kids eat healthier, to the importance of exercise.

Here's your chance to speak up and let Congress know you would like them to:

A. continue funding food programs for children, and
B. require schools to offer healthy meals and snacks.

They're eating what we're fixing (and watching what we eat, too). Let's set the example and fight for their health.

Once again, here's that link: Sign the Petition for healthier meals at school.

I've signed it. Will you?