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Reform School Lunches

January 16, 2009

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The executive director of school food in New York City, David Berkowitz, has left his position. Under his administration the school district hired a consulting chef, created salad bars and added dozens of healthier options while replacing the whole milk with low-fat or skim milk. He was also part of an effort to get more produce into the schools. The jury is still out as to whether or not he will be replaced.

The good news is authorities recognize the importance of healthier lunch options for kids and are making every effort to improve cafeteria food, like putting a tax on soda. All of this change is great, especially as new research indicates that an adult’s propensity to put on weight is directly affected by early childhood diet.

A lot more needs to be done and that is why this year Integrative Nutrition is starting a Healthy Schools/Healthy Children Program. We are offering scholarships to school principals and food service directors and each of our students will have a chance to adopt a school in their area and work to make healthier changes. Hundreds of our graduates are already out in their communities cleaning up school food and teaching children and teachers about whole foods because they have a passion to keep our future America healthy.

Let us know if you’re interested in being part of this change.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.