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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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Type Title Description Author
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 Slice of Life

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

Elizabeth Ransom
Troy Duster
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 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
Blog Responding to the School Garden Debate

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

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
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 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
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 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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