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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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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
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 A Slice of Life

Experiential learning is an effective strategy for the worldwide crisis of nutrition-related health problems.

Elizabeth Ransom
Troy Duster
Essay Unhappy Meals

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

Michael Pollan
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
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