Health and Nutrition

The specific foods we eat greatly affect our health and well-being. Nutritious food choices—like whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables—promote health and fitness. Other food choices, however, are detrimental to health. Diet is directly linked to a number of diseases—including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

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Michael Pollan - We Are What We Eat
Michael Pollan

If you are what you eat, and especially if you eat industrial food as 99 percent of Americans do, what you are is "corn."

Ann Evans - What in Health Is Going on Here?
Ann M. Evans

School programs addressing childhood nutrition and health require state and national policy and legislative solutions.

Ann Cooper - Penny-wise and Pounds Foolish
Ann Cooper

The success of school meals should be measured by the health of children and the planet, not by bodies served at lowest cost.

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Essay Brain Food for Kids

Children's behavior, intelligence, and performance are significantly affected by the quantity and quality of what they eat.

Alan Greene
Essay But I Am a Child Who Does

The author’s children, growing up with locally grown food and without television, prefer fresh vegetables to junk food.

Sandra Steingraber
Essay Feeding Our Kids the Right Food...and Inspiring Them to Eat It

A Teachers College study sheds light on the importance of combining school meal change with classroom curriculum.

Pamela Koch
Essay Hooked on Sugar

Sugar and other refined carbohydrates are linked to diabetes, depression, and addictions in our children.

Margaret Adamek
Essay Leadership, Policy, and Change

Wellness committees are entrusted with developing federally mandated wellness policies.

Janet Brown
Essay Looking at the Whole: Toward a Social Ecology of Health

Contrary to common sense, big problems are often more soluble than small ones.

Richard Levins
Essay Penny-wise and Pounds Foolish

The success of school meals should be measured by the health of children and the planet, not by bodies served at lowest cost.

Ann Cooper
Blog Responding to the School Garden Debate

What was your response to the Atlantic article on school gardens?

Lisa Bennett
Download Rethinking School Lunch Guide

A planning framework in downloadable PDF form for improving school food, supporting sustainable food systems, and teaching and integrating curriculum around food issues.

Essay School Food, Public Policy, and Strategies for Change

Decisions about school food are about balancing the interests of corporations and those of advocates for children's health.

Marion Nestle
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