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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."

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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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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
Essay Wild and Slow: Nourished by Tradition

Degenerative diseases like diabetes can be reduced by shifting from refined carbohydrate diets to traditional wild foods.

John C. Mohawk
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 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
Essay Leadership, Policy, and Change

Wellness committees are entrusted with developing federally mandated wellness policies.

Janet Brown
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 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 What in Health Is Going on Here?

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

Ann M. Evans
Essay A New Agenda for School Food

Children's health has never been the central goal of school food programs. We need a new paradigm.

Janet Poppendieck
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