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Better Nutrition in Schools

February 4, 2009

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It looks like the president’s chef, Sam Kass, is striving to change the way American children eat.

Currently, the National School Lunch Program, not only serves low-cost food, but also low-nutrition foods that are high in fat, additives, preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. The problems these foods cause go beyond weight gain, but studies also show that there is a link between the food additives, preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup to ADHD and a child’s ability to learn.  

The good news is change is in the air and many passionate people are determined to improve nutrition in the schools for a healthier future. The head of the Organic School Project, Josephine Lauer, is now working in six schools trying to cook fresh healthy food for students in Chicago and the director of the Healthy Schools Campaign, Jean Saunders, is working to create a healthy learning environment. Read this New York Times article to find out what other people are doing to improve nutrition in schools.

If you could adopt a school what would you do? Would you teach a cooking class, grow an organic garden or give a nutrition workshop? What other ideas do you have to improve the health of our future Americans?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.