THE TIME TO CHANGE NYC SCHOOL FOOD IS NOW!
Our Kids are in Crisis.
1 in 5 kindergarten children in NYC is obese
Since 1980, the rate of obesity and overweight in kids and teens has almost tripled
Children as young as 8 years old are on cholesterol-lowering and blood pressure-lowering medication
Annual health care costs relating to obesity are $1.72 trillion
Data shows a combination of a healthy diet, nutrition education, and physical activity has significant benefits for children.
Better grades and school performance
Increase in good behavior
Increase in concentration
Change in long term health prognosis, lowering obesity, lower BMI, diabetes and heart disease
A HOLISTIC PLAN FOR SCHOOL FOOD
Reimagining How We Feed and Educate All Public School Children
Our whole-child proposal for school food includes changes in both menu and curriculum. It is informed in part by findings from the Food-Ed Summit that was held in October 2018 bringing together over seventy-five representatives of the NYC food and nutrition education community.
Change the Food: Real food made by real people (not factories) on every plate. Nourishing minimally-processed meals that appeal to the diversity of our city.
Change the Mindset: Provide every grade with nutrition and culinary education so that kids can make the best choices and understand the power of healthy whole foods
Grow the Food: Give kids a connection between the earth and the table by funding gardens at all schools; and
Increase the Time: None of this matters if kids don’t have the time to eat their lunches. Kids need 30 minutes for lunchtime, enough time to socialize and eat!
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