Freedman says that he spoke to immigrants in Lynn elementary schools, just outside Boston; Some students there were concerned that their lunch menus were nothing like what they ate at home.
“I saw that it was exceptionally rare to find schools including food on the menu that reflected the demographics of their student body,” Freedman says.
“I created this guide for food service staff and school food advocates to begin thinking about how to build more foods into their menus that reflected the lived experience of the students eating it,” says Freedman, adding that it’s also about making schools healthier and introducing foods in a way that all students can embrace.
Tam says it’s not just about the food, though. Seeing a range of types of cuisines also helps develop respect for diversity.
Written by Marcelle Hutchins for PRI's The World. Read the full article here.
"A partnership between a Boston health clinic and a local grocery shows what economic development can do when it makes community health a priority.
"Three years ago, they began to talk: Was there a way they could create jobs, grow their local economy, and reduce blight, all while helping people live longer and healthier?
"The result is a level of community outreach and on-site education built on the expertise of both BNHC and Vicente’s. The health center offers a range of primary care, urgent care, dental, vision, and mental health services, along with teen programs and nutrition counseling. Clinicians write “veggie scripts” for patients as part of efforts to promote heart health and weight reduction. They urge patients to enroll in free nutrition and cooking classes, taking advantage of an on-site demonstration kitchen. Guided supermarket tours help people better understand nutrition labels and make healthy ingredient substitutes. In addition, the store is testing incentive programs that both encourage healthy choices and keep food affordable."
Written by Bob Van Meter for YES! Magazine. Read the full article here.
"Probably. But you didn't learn how to chop chives in elementary school.
"Reading, math, science, history, social studies—a cooking class covers it all.
“'It’s learning, but in a way that’s very different than what kids are used to,' said Jeannie Fournier, director of nutrition and health education for the Food Bank for New York City. 'It’s not about testing. It’s not about their scores.'”
Written by Janey Rausa Fuller for Epicurious. Read the full article here.
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