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National Nutrition Month (March)

National Nutrition Month (March)

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March is National Nutrition Month. Here at Edutopia, we've compiled some very useful resources on nutrition, you may want to check out: Articles: :: School-Lunch Staff Bring Nutrition to the Table :: Making Nutrition a Part of School :: Supersized: Schools Need to Slim Down :: Educational Institutions Step into the Ring to Fight for Fitness :: Middle School Students Grow Their Own Lunch :: School Lunches Go Back to the Land :: Hunger Pangs: The Empty-Stomach Problem Videos: :: A Healthy School Lunch- A middle school in Berkeley, California, serves up nutritious grub kids love. :: The Edible Schoolyard Yields Seed-to-Table Learning - This campus gardening project has done more than teach students about the fundamentals of organic gardening. :: Fertile Soil for Lessons on Food and Farming - Great Kids Farm, a commercial operation run by the Baltimore City Public Schools, helps urban children learn about local agriculture and healthy eating.(Slideshow) Group Discussions/Blogs: :: A Federal Effort to Push Junk Food Out of Schools (New York Times) :: Blog: How Does Your School Garden Grow? Poll: :: Will banning the sale of soft drinks at schools significantly decrease childhood obesity and related health problems?

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Grace Rubenstein's picture
Grace Rubenstein
Former senior producer at Edutopia

That first story that Elana listed ( is one of my favorites. It spotlights some schools that are getting creative and making cafeteria food healthier without breaking their budgets. Also (the best part!) it includes *recipes* from one of these innovative schools, for such home-grown dishes as energy bars and teriyaki chicken with edamame.

Also, here's one more nutrition story from our archives:
Brain Food: Nutritious Eats + Yummy Ingredients = Happy Students

Jason Flom's picture
Jason Flom
Director in Tallahassee, FL

Nutrition, learning, and 'green' go hand in hand (or is it hand in hand in hand?).

Students at my school engage in a range of gardening programs from preschool up through 8th grade -- from birding and habitat restoration to heirloom history gardens to row crop production.

The harvests from such endeavors come in three forms:

1. Valuable, first hand knowledge about the natural world and the numerous relationships between animals, humans, and our shared environment.

2. Foods grown and enjoyed by students, teachers and parents in promotion of healthy eating and in celebration of their efforts.

3. Prepared and served by our middle schoolers at a local homeless shelters.

Much of our effort has been inspired by The Edible Schoolyard that Elana mentioned above and Manhattan Country School's farming program.

How are other schools/teachers/educators/organizations using gardens to bridge growing and learning, especially in March?

(I wonder if nutrition month should be during a harvest month to better integrate themes of eating well and growing foods?)

aaron's picture

I read the article on school linch and nutrition, it was eye opening. I think parents should take a better stand on what kids eat today and supplement with a good multi vitamin to fill in the gaps in their diet supplements are avalible if the price is to high i can't afford some of the retail stores prices myself.

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