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Slowing Down School Food

February 23, 2009

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We’ve talked a lot about the importance of school nutrition, but this interview with Dr. Arthur Agatston, guest speaker at Integrative Nutrition and creator of the South Beach Diet, suggests that there is more to look at than just whole foods.

Can you remember back to your school cafeteria? Or maybe you’ve even visited your kid’s cafeteria during lunch time. It’s not the most peaceful environment. Kids sitting around trying to eat their entire lunch before the bell rings.

Dr. Agatston believes that along with looking at what kids are eating we should also look at the environment. He suggests making lunch time a real sit-down meal with tablecloths and even having the teachers join them. He believes that kids will be happier and do better if they have a leisurely meal in a positive atmosphere. “It’s a huge learning opportunity for kids,” says Agatston.

By sitting down and slowing down, kids will be more conscious of the food they’re consuming. Agatston suggests that kids can take these habits home with them as well.

What do you think? Is it possible to transform not only school lunches, but the environment kids eat in? Maybe it’s not possible to bring tablecloths to cafeteria tables around the world, but what are some other ways to make the school lunch experience more enjoyable?

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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.