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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 You Are What You Grow: Will This Year's Farm Bill Make Us Fatter and Sicker?

The Farm Bill significantly affects food, farming, land use, school meals, biodiversity, family farms, and farm workers in the U.S.

Michael Pollan
Essay Hooked on Sugar

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

Margaret Adamek
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 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 A New Era for Nutrition Education

It is time for a new philosophy of nutrition education that informs our children about their personal health and the future of our planet.

Marilyn Briggs
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
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 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
Blog Responding to the School Garden Debate

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

Lisa Bennett
Blog Thou Shalt Not Spork!

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

Karen Brown
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