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Fighting the Good Fight for Nutrition Education

October 28, 2011

A gaping hole in the modern education system has left the average teenager nearly clueless about nutrition or cooking. FoodFight, a non-profit based in New York City's public school system, is out to change that.

Now with courses in 15 city high schools, FoodFight gives teachers a curriculum in two parts. The first aims to help students relinquish pre-existing notions about food that have been built by media advertising. In an article from the New York Times, students at Park Slope Collegiate analyze a McDonald's commercial to discover how food advertising can warp their ideas of healthy eating.

Once the class is prepared to learn a new way of eating, the second half of the curriculum teaches the basics of nutrition. Students learn about portion sizes, nutrition labels, and how to prepare easy, affordable meals.

To ensure they've got the best information possible to bring to the students, FoodFight also provides teacher-training programs led by a team of doctors, nutritionists, and chefs.

The organization, co-founded by Deborah Lewison-Grant and IIN graduate Carolyn Cohen, is advancing nutrition education by leaps and bounds, and we couldn't be more enthusiastic about their progress. We hope to see their curriculum expand to more and more schools over the coming semesters! 

What do you think is the most important thing that students should be taught in a nutrition education program?