School nutrition: educating kids to make healthy choices (February 9, 2005)
The Beyond Organic Radio Show

School nutrition: educating kids to make healthy choices

Making sure children get a balanced diet of fresh and healthy meals is a top concern for any parent, so why are our schools mainly serving junk food?

This Wednesday on Beyond Organic, we'll see how aggressive corporate food marketing is contributing to an epidemic of child health problems -including obesity- and teaching bad dietary decision making skills that continue into adulthood.

We'll hear from Marion Nestle, leading nutrition studies expert and award winning author, on the convergence of economic, cultural and social issues that have influenced lunch programs that continue to fail school children.

We'll also learn about some inspiring initiatives to reverse the trend by giving children better options in their cafeterias. These include a push for healthy vending machines backed by the country's largest organic yogurt company and the Farm to School Program. Operating in over 20 states, this inovative approach is tapping local small and organic farmers to provide healthy salad bars.

Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we explore changing school food policy.

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