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Changing how we feed our children pp

  1. 1. Educational Leadership<br />May 14, 2011<br />Cheri T. McGuire<br />Changing How We Feed Our Children<br />
  2. 2. Childhood Problems Have Increased Over The Past Decades<br />Obesity<br />Diabetes<br />Autism<br />ADHD/ADD/PDD/OCD<br />Depression<br />Developmental delays<br />Asthma<br />Ear Infections<br />Behavior Problems<br />Bipolar disorders<br />
  3. 3. 50 years ago ‘processing’ meant peeling, slicing and dicing<br />Today, food serves as the raw ingredients for an array of products that have little resemblance to the actual food<br />Foods Have Changed Over The Past Decades<br />
  4. 4. School Foods Have Changed Over The Years Also<br />50 years ago food was prepared in kitchens were the meatloaves were made and the potatoes were mashed.<br />Today, more and more of the food has been replaced with cheap fillers and synthetic chemicals.<br />
  5. 5. McDonald’s Hamburger Patty<br />School Lunch Hamburger Patty<br /> Ground Beef<br />Ground Beef<br />Salt<br />SUGARS:<br />Maltodextrin<br />Sugar<br />MSG Aliases<br />Textured vegetable protein<br /> Hydrolyzed soy protein<br />Torulayeast<br />Autolyzedyeast extract<br /> Disodium inosinate<br /> Natural flavoring<br />(<br />Let’s Compare<br />
  6. 6. The Downside Of MSGMonosodium Glutamate<br />Reported side effects of MSG include:<br />Asthma<br />Headache<br />Numbness<br />Convulsions<br />Destruction of Retinal Cells<br />Obesity<br />Damage to Nerve Cells<br />
  7. 7. The Downside Of Synthetic Dyes<br />Nerve Cell Damage<br />Asthma and other Respiratory Problems<br />Hives<br />Disturbed Behavior<br />Headaches<br />DNA Damage<br />Reproductive Damage<br />Immune System Suppression<br />Destruction of Zinc<br />Learning Deficits<br />Cancer <br /><br />
  8. 8. The Downside to BHA, BHT, TBHQbutylatedhydroxyanisole, butylatedhydroxytoluene, tertiary butylhydroquinone<br />Cancer<br />Tumors in the Stomach, Liver and Lungs<br />Cell Death<br />Enlarged Liver<br />Decreased Sleep<br />Learning Deficits<br />Increased Aggression<br /><br />
  9. 9. The Downside To Aspartame<br />Headaches<br />Seizures<br />Brain Tumors<br />Nerve Damage<br />Reduced IQ after Pre-Natal Exposure<br />Muscle Damage<br />Blindness<br />
  10. 10. Things We Eat Can Affect:<br />Our Behavior<br />Our Ability to Focus<br />Our Health<br />
  11. 11. Schools That Changed The Food They Fed Their Children<br />Appleton Alternative High School, Wisconsin<br />Whitefish Middle School, Montana<br />Arlington, Vermont 2 schools<br />New York City Schools<br />Fairfax County, Virginia<br />
  12. 12. Some Changes Those Schools Saw<br />Substantial Decline in Drop-outs<br />Substantial Decline in Drug Use<br />Substantial Reduction in Discipline Problems<br />Substantial Improvement in Test Scores<br />Not to mention children who are calmer, more alert, more focused…AND HEALTHIER!<br />
  13. 13. If children ate real food many would not need to be in special education.<br />The money a school could save on just one child would buy a lot of real food!<br />The High Cost Of Low Quality Food<br />
  14. 14. Processed Foods Are Overpriced<br />Much of the cost goes to packaging, advertising and big salaries for company executives.<br />
  15. 15. FDA Now Requires Warning Labels On ADHD Drugs<br />Heart Problems<br />Strokes<br />Aggression<br />Mania<br />Hallucinations<br />Seizures<br />Vision Problems<br />Stunted Growth<br />Sudden Death<br />
  16. 16. First Look For A Cause(s)<br />How can you intelligently treat a symptom if you do not know the cause?<br />Here are some of the many reasons why a child may be showing symptoms of hyperactivity or attention deficits.<br /> Synthetic food additives Synthetic fragrances<br /> Family stress Wood burning stoves <br /> Loss of a pet or loved one Environmental chemicals<br /> Fluoride sensitivity Lack of sleep<br /> Vision deficits Food allergies<br /> Excess of heavy metals Thyroid dysfunction<br /> Deficient of “good fats”<br />
  17. 17. Removing Food Additives Is A Good Place To Begin<br />Studies Show Additives Cause Damage<br />“ There is a general adverse effect of artificial food coloring…”(Bateman 2004)<br />“Our meta-analysis supports the hypothesis that artificial food colors promote hyperactivity…”(Schab 2004)<br />“Blue #1 can be a mitochondrial toxin”(FDA 2003)<br />“Of all the additives, dyes were the most genotoxic induced dose-related DNA damage…”(Sasaki 2002)<br />“BHA induces apoptosis(cell death) in liver cells” (Yu 2000)<br />“BHT is a potent lung tumor promoter” (Umemura 2002)<br />TBHQ has “harmful effects on erythrocyte (red blood cell) membrane structures” (Stolze 1999)<br />
  18. 18. Removing Food Additives Is AGood Place To Begin<br />Studies Show Diet Helps<br />“In young children with ADHD an elimination diet can lead to a statistically significant decrease in symptoms.” (Pelsser 2002)<br />“…an elimination diet is effective in most cases…It is more appropriate to reserve medication for those who fail.” (Anthony 1999)<br />“The research has shown that diet definitely affects some children.”(Breakey 1997)<br />“…dietary treatment cannot be neglected as a possible access to treating hyperactivity/disruptive children.” (Schmidt1997)<br />
  19. 19. What Are We Doing To Our Children?!<br />Commonsense rules of good parenting are the key in both the home kitchen and the school cafeteria.<br />
  20. 20. Positive Changes That Can Be Made To Our School Breakfast And Lunch Programs<br />*No Artificial Colorings or Flavorings<br />*No Non-Beneficial Additives<br />*No Carbonated Soda<br />*Only Pure Fruit Juice<br />* No Flavored Milk<br />*Whole Wheat Buns and Breads<br />
  21. 21. Vending Machines<br />Benefits<br />*Supplement School Income<br />*Offer Quick Snacks to Hungry Students<br />Down Side<br />*Usually stocked with unhealthy foods that contain additives that have been shown to cause behavioral, learning and health problems in children.<br />* Most of the income goes to the beverage companies. The amount of money a school spends on addressing the adverse effects of junk foods is far greater than the income they receive.<br />
  22. 22. Positive Changes That Can Be Made To Vending Machines<br /> Replace junk foods with better foods that are not linked to behavioral, learning and health problems.<br /> Have the school purchase a vending machine and stock it with healthy foods.<br />This way the children benefit and the school is able to retain the entire income from the sales.<br />
  23. 23. The Guiding Team<br />Principle<br />Physical Education Teacher<br />Nutritionist<br />School Board<br />
  24. 24. Change Vision And Strategy<br />Adopt a Wellness Policy that places health at <br />the center of the academic curriculum.<br />* Berkeley Unified School District<br />
  25. 25. Communicate And Empower<br />Wellness Committee<br />Diverse<br />Inclusive<br />Representative of the Community<br />
  26. 26. Communicate And Empower<br />Basic principles on which we can all agree is integral to a healthy education:<br /><ul><li>Healthy children are the foundation of a healthy society
  27. 27. Healthy, well-nourished children are better able to learn
  28. 28. All children deserve nutritious, safe and deliciously prepared food
  29. 29. Eating habits developed in childhood will affect health throughout life
  30. 30. Knowledge of food-how it is grown, who grows it, how it is prepared, its connection to tradition and its influence in shaping the future of society
  31. 31. Berkeley Unifies School District </li></li></ul><li>Produce Success<br />Food Day <br />October 24, 2011<br />
  32. 32. New Culture<br />