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  • Serving Garden-Grown Food in School Lunches

    Posted on September 2nd, 2010 Build with Purpose No comments

    The video below from Edutopia.org highlights a middle school in California that makes nutritious and healthy meals for its students a priority. The school has its own vegetable garden and the veggies are used in school meals. The students also help to tend the garden, adding a level of personal involvement in their own nutrition. They have fun with the hands-on approach and learn something about health along the way. Even traditional, processed meals such as mac and cheese get the healthy treatment at the school since they make their own sauce with natural cheese and ingredients. The video also relays the message that in order for the school’s success to be copied elsewhere, parents and the community have to be vocal in their desire for healthy meals for their kids.

  • First Lady Urges Passage of Child Nutrition Bill

    Posted on August 5th, 2010 Build with Purpose No comments

    First Lady Michelle Obama wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post earlier this week, bringing to light the need to pass the Child Nutrition Bill currently stuck in Congressional limbo. The bill has cleared committees in both chambers of Congress but has yet to be passed by the full body. The First Lady states how vital the passage of the bill is as it will provide for healthier meal standards, reward schools that meet those standards and help remove junk food from vending machines, all important steps in the fight against childhood obesity. She writes:

    We owe it to the children who aren’t reaching their potential because they’re not getting the nutrition they need during the day. We owe it to the parents who are working to keep their families healthy and looking for a little support along the way. We owe it to the schools that are trying to make progress but don’t have the resources they need. And we owe it to our country — because our prosperity depends on the health and vitality of the next generation.

    For the full piece, click here.

  • New Documentary Highlights the Hardships of Healthy School Food

    Posted on July 8th, 2010 Build with Purpose No comments

    The new documentary Lunch Line, by Uji Films, is an intriguing look at the federal policy that shapes the nation’s school lunch program and how complex its become in the past 60 years. It also focuses on an intrepid group of Chicago teens who are cooking up healthier meals as part of an effort to get better options in schools. The film shows how not just a change in meal options, but a new direction in policy is needed to propel important change in the school lunch program.

  • A “Revolution” in School Lunches

    Posted on July 1st, 2010 Build with Purpose No comments

    Revolution Foods, a healthy school lunch and breakfast provider based in Oakland, CA, held a tasting of some of its offerings yesterday at the Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City, NJ. The attendees, which included administrators from local charter schools and a team from READS, were treated to delicious and nutritious lunch items including turkey meatloaf with whole-wheat pasta, teriyaki chicken with brown rice, stir fry veggies and a serving of fruit on the side. Revolution Foods is helping schools around the country in the fight against childhood obesity by providing a healthy alternative to salty and sugary school lunches and educating kids about the benefits of nutrition in fun and creative ways.  Here are some pics from the event:

  • Top Chef Tackles School Lunches

    Posted on June 24th, 2010 Build with Purpose No comments

    Bravo’s reality series, Top Chef, took on the challenge of creating a healthy lunch for a school in Washington, D.C. in last night’s episode. The catch was the chefs had to stick to a public school lunch budget, $2.60 per student. The chefs got pretty creative, putting together meals ranging from whole wheat crusted mac and cheese to a carmalized sweet potato dessert. The show was tied to Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to help end childhood obesity and to bring the issue of healthy school lunches to the forefront. Check out the recap from Babble here.

  • Healthy Foods in Schools

    Posted on April 23rd, 2010 Build with Purpose No comments

    Take a look at this incredible video on how a switchover to healthy breakfasts and lunches in schools can lead to increased memory and lower drop-out rates!