The Real Food Fight

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The Real Food Fight

  1. 1. The Real Food Fight <ul><li>The issue of nutrition in schools </li></ul>
  2. 2. Good Nutrition=Good Learning <ul><li>Research has shown us that kids who eat breakfast: </li></ul><ul><li>produce better test scores, </li></ul><ul><li>behavior better, </li></ul><ul><li>showed a decrease in hyperactivity </li></ul><ul><li>… but it’s also the quality , not the quantity </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lunch at School <ul><li>The same goes for lunch (healthy choices=better learning) </li></ul><ul><li>But if you eat at school and all you have are unhealthy choices, you don’t even have the opportunity to eat right. </li></ul><ul><li>Most schools aren’t offering those healthy alternatives to the fried and greasy meals. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Problem… <ul><li>Unhealthy food choices for student snacks and lunches </li></ul>
  5. 5. Effects of Unhealthy Food <ul><li>Childhood obesity epidemic </li></ul><ul><li>Poor nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>No energy </li></ul>
  6. 6. School Lunch of the Past <ul><li>Burgers </li></ul><ul><li>Fries </li></ul><ul><li>Pizza </li></ul><ul><li>Breadsticks </li></ul><ul><li>Chips </li></ul><ul><li>Soft drinks </li></ul>
  7. 7. Vending Machines <ul><li>It’s not just the school lunch selection to blame, vending machines play a role in malnutrition in schools by offering: </li></ul><ul><li>Sugary beverages (pop, juice) </li></ul><ul><li>Candy </li></ul><ul><li>Processed snacks (chips, cookies, crackers) </li></ul><ul><li>Snack cakes (brownies, buns) </li></ul><ul><li>Ice cream </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Solution! <ul><li>Give children an alternative to unhealthy eating by offering healthy, wholesome choices </li></ul>
  9. 9. School Lunch of the Future <ul><li>Fresh Cooked Meats </li></ul><ul><li>Whole grain breads </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch meat </li></ul><ul><li>Salads </li></ul><ul><li>Fruits/Vegetables </li></ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul>
  10. 10. Research Doesn’t Lie <ul><li>Schools that have implemented a healthier style of eating all say the same things: </li></ul><ul><li>Better academic performance </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance increase </li></ul><ul><li>Trouble spots decrease (drug, guns, expultions) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Programs for Healthier Lunches <ul><li>Natural Ovens </li></ul><ul><li>Wholesome Tummies </li></ul><ul><li>Many others… </li></ul>
  12. 12. But what about the cost? <ul><li>It is an investment (at about$20,000 a year), but as one doctor said defending it &quot;one child arrested would cost the schools more.&quot; (Dr. Scullen) </li></ul><ul><li>Dan Tauber of one Wisconsin school says, &quot;Let’s invest in the kids now, financially, with food versus invest in them later, financially, with ’how do we correct the problems we have because they are not eating healthy?’&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>according to another Wisconsin teacher, Mary Bruyette, nutrition should come up in the budget. &quot;We’re concerned about everything else. We’re concerned about new band uniforms. We’re concerned about the football team. We’re concerned about text books. Why not be concerned about nutrition?” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Success Stories <ul><li>Tons of examples </li></ul><ul><li>Effective at any grade level, any part of the country </li></ul><ul><li>New York City area schools </li></ul><ul><li>Appleton, Wisconsin </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado area schools </li></ul><ul><li>The list goes on… </li></ul>
  14. 14. Not Just About the Food <ul><li>Food education </li></ul><ul><li>Being aware of what you’re eating </li></ul><ul><li>Making healthy foods fun and appealing </li></ul><ul><li>Physical activity </li></ul><ul><li>Take existing “bad” foods you have and make them healthier (studies show the students don’t even know) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Establishing Life Long Healthy Eating Habits <ul><li>Healthy kids become healthy adults </li></ul><ul><li>Obesity #3 preventable death in the US </li></ul><ul><li>Our country in the “fattest” in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Need to start nutrition guidance early, in elementary, junior high, and high school (not before it’s too late) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Image Citations <ul><li>Foodfight4x </li></ul><ul><li>Quest 007 </li></ul><ul><li>http://illo.worth1000.com/entries/480460/foodfight-club </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>filling.face </li></ul><ul><li>jking89 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/jking89/3476740902/ </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>burger </li></ul><ul><li>JOE M500 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/m500/2864342764/ </li></ul><ul><li>pizza </li></ul><ul><li>andie712b </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/andie712b/2066963097/ </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>salad </li></ul><ul><li>stevedepolo </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3557305803/ </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>fruit </li></ul><ul><li>David Masters </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmasters/3603240087/ </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>healthy eating </li></ul><ul><li>tiffanywashko </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturalmom/3705088109/ </li></ul>
  17. 17. Citations <ul><li>Ellerbee, William J.; Bramson-Paul, Phyllis.; Marcellino, Sara. (January/February 2006) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy Children Ready to Learn. Leadership v. 35 no3 (p. 26-9, 39) . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Feingold Association </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Different Kind of School Lunch. Retrieved from http://www.feingold.org/Bluebook/page-09-wisconsin.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Pettigrew, Andre N. (2005) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Denver’s Balancing Act for Obesity and Vending. School Administrator v. 62 no9 (p, 10-12 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hernandez , Fabiola (May 27, 2009) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 5 Fattest Countries in the World. Retrieved from http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1766192/top_5_fattest_countries_in_the_world_pg2_pg2.html?cat=51 </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Citations (cont.) <ul><li>http://www.healthyschoollunches.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.healthylunches.org/ </li></ul>

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