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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."

Essay
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.

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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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Type Titlesort icon Description Author
Essay We Are What We Eat

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

Michael Pollan
Essay Unhappy Meals

How whole foods came to be treated not as complex ecologies, but as mere delivery systems for "nutrients."

Michael Pollan
Blog Thou Shalt Not Spork!

How New Orleans students said "no" to quirky cutlery, and "yes" to school lunch reform.

Karen Brown
Blog The Working Mom's Eating In Challenge

Professionally, I understand food as a green issue. Personally, living it is a very different story.

Lisa Bennett
Essay The School Garden Debate: To Weep or Reap?

The Atlantic article lambasted school gardens by stirring up charged emotions. But what are the facts?

Lisa Bennett
Essay SpongeBob, Junk Food, and the Federal Trade Commission

Limit promotion of some foods marketed to children and create incentives that increase demand for foods that are nutritionally superior.

Margo Wootan
Essay Sodas in Schools: A Sticky Situation

School beverage policies should address obesity, tooth decay, and low-nutrient drinks' contributions to chronic illness.

Melinda Hemmelgarn
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
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.

Blog Responding to the School Garden Debate

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

Lisa Bennett
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