When Fast Food is the Only Food

A few days ago I returned from a conference where 600+ attendees spoke about the need for children across the nation, in every demographic, to have access to more nutritious, higher-quality food. There was much talk about fresh fruits and vegetables, farm-to-school programs, a new initiative called Food Corps, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. The conference was inspiring, and as I packed my bags and headed to the airport, I felt light-headed and hopeful.

Then I arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Here were my lunch choices: Pizza Hut, TCBY, Cinnabon, CPK ASAP, and FOX Sports Bar. 

Now I’m not out to legislate a ban on fast food, but given the amount of time, effort, attention, and money being spent on fighting obesity and diet-related health problems, you’d think some savvy entrepreneur would find a way to offer something a little different to fliers throughout our great land. Yes, I know, some airports do offer more diverse options (hi, SFO!), but can’t every airport offer an array of food choices in every terminal? I’m not asking for the moon here, no organic melons or heirloom tomatoes; I’d just like a freshly-made sandwich, maybe on whole grain bread. Maybe with a little green salad. Or a banana. I mean, come on: those who eat fast food have plenty of options. What about the rest of us?



Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.





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