As a parent, you do everything you can to make sure your child eats a healthy diet. But, what about when they’re at school? School lunches, packed with issues like pink slime, too many calories, processed meat and pizza categorized as a vegetable (really?) aren’t exactly racking up major health points. As one of the main meals of the day for kids, lunch has a real effect on your child. The proper lunch can enhance learning and development, recharge your kiddo and give him/her healthy energy to face their busy day. A high fat, low-on-veggies, junk food based lunch will do just the opposite. Luckily, if you’re looking for tips about how to help improve school lunches, Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food, has some helpful tips. Read and learn as Hamlin discusses the perks of plant-based school lunches, how kids fare academically with health food in their bodies, how to handle picky eaters, and advice for busy parents who still want to ensure that their kids are eating healthfully while at school.