March 18 2010, 12:12 PM
Before you rush to judgment about this, first consider FastCasual.com’s latest report on the "Top 100 Movers & Shakers" in the fast-casual food sector. Eleven of the restaurant chains on the list are headquartered in Colorado, and many of them, like Mad Greens, have loads of healthy meal options (via the Denver Business Journal). And those who make health-conscious dining decisions are just the sort of people U.S. Congressman Jared Polis hopes to engage. The Boulder Democrat---who regrets that he has consumed a fair share of corn dogs, tater tots, corn-syrup-laden fruit cups, and other staples of most public-school lunches---has introduced a bill that would change what is considered nutritious at schools, reports The Hill. The bill would establish a $4 million pilot program that allows kids to receive a vegetarian meal if they choose, as well as incentives for schools to provide more healthful alternatives. "What our bill will do is provide some lower-fat and lower-cholesterol ways for kids to get the nutrition that they need to be healthy," Polis says. In an editorial, The Aurora Sentinel points to the growing problem of obesity among kids in Colorado, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama's efforts to improve health around the country. But ultimately, the Sentinel writes, the "obesity battle begins with parents."