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- Doug Hines


School Nutrition - When It's Right / When It's Wrong

The bottom line is that, when it comes to nutrition, most schools are hurting our kids.
Don't believe me? Just read the stories under the heading 'When It's Wrong.'



"I don't think one more day should go by where a school has to serve
children processed pizza or frozen chicken by-product for lunch."
- Josh Viertel, President, Slow Food® USA



School Nutrition: When it's right...
  

We get the inside story on an all-natural nutrition approach in Wisconsin that could revolutionize the way kids eat in school.
One leading physician group says this program is what every school district in the country should emulate.

School Nutrition: When it's right...

School lunch gets an upgrade

By Hanna Raskin, CNN

The School Lunch Initiative includes healthy eating options, like salads with vegetables from sustai













The School Lunch Initiative includes healthy eating options, like salads with vegetables from sustainable farms.

March 26, 2010 11:22 a.m. EDT

Here's the link to the original story:  <http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/03/26/school.lunch.berkeley/index.html?eref=rss_us&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_us+%28RSS%3A+U.S.%29>


(CNN) -- Advocates for improved school nutrition hope the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a bill cleared for a final vote by the Senate this past Wednesday, might pave the way for lunch programs across the country to replicate the success of a deliciously successful pilot project in Berkeley, California.


The School Lunch Initiative provides "delicious, healthy, freshly prepared meals using seasonal ingredients from sustainable farms to all of Berkeley's public school students." It grew from Uber-celebrity chef Alice Waters' proposal to build a football field-sized garden at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. Waters is an authority on the locavore movement, which encourages the consumption of food that's produced within a 100-mile radius.


"It's an incredible program," said Mark Coplan, spokesman for the Berkeley Unified School District. "We don't use any frozen stuff at all. Even when you're looking at pizza, you're looking at really good stuff."


The comprehensive program, established in 1995, includes free daily breakfast for all students; two representatives from each elementary school class roll a red wagon piled high with nine-grain muffins or breakfast focaccia back to their classrooms. Each school boasts a salad bar and lunch menus featuring dishes such as pear-glazed pork chops with white beans.


But Coplan says the program was designed to ward off accusations of elitism.


"We didn't want something where people would say 'well, they have all that organic food in Berkeley.' We wanted this to be applicable to Tupelo, Mississippi."


Thus far, Boulder, Colorado, is the only city to have adopted the program pioneered by Berkeley's schools. Ann Cooper, who oversaw the initiative's development, is now heading the effort in Boulder.


"[Cooper] was the only person who had the courage to say, 'I don't care if kids like plastic cheese, we're not giving it to them'," Coplan said.


Still, Coplan suspects other schools will soon follow. Parents regularly visit Berkeley's dining facilities to gape at the rice bowl stations and tray-free, family-style service.


"They ask us how they can get this in their schools," Coplan said. "The answer is you can't if you don't have a board that believes in it."


A supportive school board helped pass a bond issue in 2000 and didn't flinch when the program failed inspection its first year, Coplan said. With fresh food, he said, it's harder to calculate the nutritional information mandated by state and federal guidelines.


"The state told us it would be easier to monitor if we used frozen food," Coplan said. "We said, 'Sorry. We know fresh is better.' "


The school system has since perfected its reporting of fat grams and carbohydrates, but other data concerning the program remains scarce. Coplan knows his colleagues line up to lunch at the high school's organic vegetable station, where produce comes garnished with organic dressings, but he can't point to any hard evidence that students are scoring better on tests or racking up better attendance records since they traded subs for spinach.


The program was created to reduce rates of obesity and diabetes, but the school system hasn't yet collected any information showing students are healthier.


"Our plan was actually to do blood tests, but people freak out at the idea of blood tests in school," Coplan said.


In a much-forwarded essay that appeared in The Atlantic earlier this year, social commentator Caitlin Flanagan criticized the Edible Schoolyard program for being built on a foundation of good intentions instead of hard facts.


"Until our kids have a decent chance at mastering the essential skills and knowledge that they will need to graduate from high school, we should devote every resource and every moment of their academic day to helping them realize that life-changing goal," she wrote, criticizing the planting and harvesting opportunities provided by the School Lunch Initiative and programs like it.


But Emily Jackson, Growing Minds director for the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, says fostering relationships between students and their food helps ensure a lifetime of healthy eating, a habit that's generally linked with high achievement. Jackson helps coordinate school gardens, farm field trips and cooking classes for students across Southern Appalachia.


"We have children associating positive experiences with healthy food," Jackson said. "They're going home and asking for broccoli. It's a rare parent who isn't going to want to do everything they can to get that kid broccoli."



School Nutrition: When it's wrong...
National:
Take a Peek at the Politics Behind Your Kid's School Lunch!

OUT OF SHEER IGNORANCE...  Parents generally don't have any idea about the politics involved with school lunches. Here's a "governmental policy making meeting" totally infiltrated by private-corporate interests.

NOW GET THIS:

The policy to come out of this meeting will trickle down an directly affect your child's daily lunch - and overall health as well. Just what kind of policy do you expect to come out of such a meeting? Will that policy reflect your child's well-being or the corporate well-being? Follow the money.



School Nutrition: When it's wrong...
Maryland:
We should hit the 'STOP' button on this program!


Let's kick the Dairy Association out of our children's schools!

OUT OF SHEER IGNORANCE...  It's hard to believe that in this day and time, some people are ignoring the scientific evidence about the detrimental health effects of both milk and plastic. Maryland Washington County Schools have just "voted" to feed our children toxic milk in toxic plastic containers, and I'm betting school districts all across the country are doing the same.

NOW GET THIS:

"For one part of the paper-vs.-plastic debate, Washington County Public Schools has chosen a side.

Paper is out and plastic is in - for milk containers.

The switch, which took effect about a month ago, lets the school system recycle more, said Jeffrey Proulx, the school system's supervisor of food and nutrition services.

Also, many think milk tastes better when it's packaged in plastic, Proulx said, pointing to a noticeable jump in sales after the change.

The district is paying more for milk - 22 cents per unit for milk in plastic containers vs. 15 cents for milk in paper containers - but a grant covers the additional cost.

Proulx said a $360,000 grant from the MID-ATLANTIC DAIRY ASSOCIATION locks Washington County into plastic milk containers for two years."

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School Nutrition: When it's wrong...
Maryland:
We should hit the 'STOP' button on this program!
(This one's from Maryland's Herald-Mail again folks.
Don't shoot them, they're just the messenger!)


Here's One About School Officials Pushing Cheerios!

OUT OF SHEER IGNORANCE...  School officials continually choose dead and toxin-filled "foods" to feed to our children. Here's a newspaper story entitled, "Eating their way to 1 million Cheerios™." AND THESE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY PROUD OF THEMSELVES!

NOW GET THIS:

"Despite a two-hour snow delay, Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan was at Cascade Elementary School Monday to kick off National School Breakfast Week and help students begin their quest to eat 1 million cereal pieces.

This year's Breakfast Week theme, "Power up with School Breakfast," focuses on superheroes. In that spirit, Principal Rosemarie Pellegrino donned a cape for the day....

To tie in with the theme, staff at the school invited local "heroes" to have breakfast with students during the week - among them Morgan, Washington County Commissioner William Wivell, police officers and firefighters.

Morgan shared breakfast with third-graders in Angie Bowers' class and talked about the importance of eating a nutritious breakfast...

Monday's breakfast included honey Nut or Fruity Cheerios™, fat-free milk, juice and yogurt. Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™ also will be offered."

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School Nutrition: When it's wrong...
Illinois:
                                         Where's the (pharmaceutical,meat/ dairy/egg/ industries') money in this story?


CommonDreams.org was the source of the following story

Here's a Story About A Teacher Getting Fired After Going A Little Overboard at a "Peep" Show!

(subtitle: Let's kick the Dairy Association out of our children's schools)

OUT OF SHEER IGNORANCE...  I thought this story was just more of the same, the thwarting of an animal rights activist's message, until I got to the paragraph which starts "Like 45,000 other public middle and high schools..." The story is much more important. It is about a teacher crying out to save children. Click at the bottom to read about Dr. T. Colin Campbell's role in this case.

NOW GET THIS:

"Forty-five year old middle school art teacher Dave Warwak was dismissed last fall from the District 3 school system where he had taught for eight years for, "turning his classroom into a forum on veganism," abandoning the art curriculum and asking students to keep it a secret from their parents, according to school board documents.

In what began as a simple be-kind-to-animals project, approved by administrators who even participated, marshmallow Easter "Peeps" were made into "pets" to be cared for by students. It got a little out of hand when teacher Warwak put the "pets" in cages, in pots and pans and between slices of bread.

"The problem was when it turned into a PETA advertisement, and it was against the school lunch program," testified Fox River Grove Middle School Principal Tim Mahaffy at the Illinois Board of Education's three day closed hearings into Warwak's dismissal conducted at the Fox River Grove City Hall in April.

Like 45,000 other public middle and high schools in the US and 60,000 elementary schools, it [Fox River Grove Middle School] only receives reimbursement from the National Schools Lunch Program when it pushes milk and life-size Milk Mustache and "Body By Milk" posters which adorn lunchroom walls.

Here's an excerpt from the hearing proceedings which is not part of the following article:
Warwak: "Yes, it breaks my heart when I have the world’s foremost authority on nutrition [T. Colin Campbell] come here and he recommends that the milk posters be taken down, and you won’t even listen to him. You’re so entrenched in your pride that those remain up there, you are thinking about throwing out his testimony. It’s heart breaking. Yes, it gets me upset; and yeah, I do want to go out and tell people because there are people actively trying to keep this information from me. And that’s very upsetting to me."

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