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Information about School Food Policy
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Published on January 27, 2009

Author: bethecatalyst

Source: slideshare.net

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This is Catalyst's overview of how you can start making positive changes in your school to support healthy eating.

Here's what the presentation covers:

First we’ll talk a little bit about why we need healthy food in schools, and what the food is like at our schools.

Then we’re are going to break for two rounds of Catalyst’s “Family Food.” It’s like the game show Family Feud, but all about food, healthy eating, and what food is like at school. We’ve been talking with students at our schools to get their thoughts about food in general and about the food that’s offered at school, and in this game, you’ll have a chance to guess what they’re thinking.

We also want to talk about what we can do to get things moving in our schools and make sure we have healthy options that taste good. So first we’ll talk a little about questions you might get from your principal and food service staff if you talk to them about starting to make changes.

Then we’ll work in small groups and plan out some first steps you can take, like setting up a meeting to talk to your principal and food service staff.

School Food

What ’ s going on today? Getting healthy food into schools Catalyst “Family Food” game Questions you might get from your principal and school food service Things you can do to get started in your school >>>

Getting healthy food into schools

Catalyst “Family Food” game

Questions you might get from your principal and school food service

Things you can do to get started in your school >>>

Why school food? We’re there five days a week! We eat lunch there, and sometimes breakfast, and lots of snacks. We deserve healthy options!

We’re there five days a week!

We eat lunch there, and sometimes breakfast, and lots of snacks.

We deserve healthy options!

What do students think? “ Family Food” Time! It’s like Family Feud, but all about food and healthy eating!

“ Family Food” Time!

It’s like Family Feud, but all about food and healthy eating!

Family Food! 2 “families” About 8 people per team 2 rounds

2 “families”

About 8 people per team

2 rounds

Example: What’s your favorite TV show ? Gossip Girl The Hills The City Scrubs American Idol

Gossip Girl

The Hills

The City

Scrubs

American Idol

Round 1

First word high school students think of when they hear the word fruit: Banana Apple Grapes Healthy Fresh

Banana

Apple

Grapes

Healthy

Fresh

What guides your choices of the foods you choose to eat at school? Price Appearance How hungry I am What is offered that day What I am craving

Price

Appearance

How hungry I am

What is offered that day

What I am craving

Name a food offered in a school ’ s cafeteria: Pizza Taco Salad Hamburger Grilled Cheese

Pizza

Taco

Salad

Hamburger

Grilled Cheese

Round 2

First word high school students think of when they hear the word pop: Vending machine Sugar Caffeine Unhealthy Delicious

Vending machine

Sugar

Caffeine

Unhealthy

Delicious

Name a word students would use to describe their school lunch: Gross Nasty Alright Sketchy Yuck

Gross

Nasty

Alright

Sketchy

Yuck

What kinds of vegetables are regularly offered in your school lunch? Lettuce Cucumbers Tomatoes Carrots None

Lettuce

Cucumbers

Tomatoes

Carrots

None

Where do we start? Every school is different More info about our schools Answering the questions your school might have Taking action in your schools!

Every school is different

More info about our schools

Answering the questions your school might have

Taking action in your schools!

Daniela: SouthWest Lunch and Breakfast: Pre-packaged Fruits and veggies don’t always look good Lots of fast food options near campus Vending and Snacks: No pop (water, juice, sports drinks) New healthy vending options What about student input?

Lunch and Breakfast:

Pre-packaged

Fruits and veggies don’t always look good

Lots of fast food options near campus

Vending and Snacks:

No pop (water, juice, sports drinks)

New healthy vending options

What about student input?

Jessie: WBL North Campus Lunch and Breakfast: Lots of “competitive” foods - snack bar, a la carte, etc. Few healthy options Vending and Snacks Contract with a soft drink company Resistance from administration to introduce healthy options Making my case >>>

Lunch and Breakfast:

Lots of “competitive” foods - snack bar, a la carte, etc.

Few healthy options

Vending and Snacks

Contract with a soft drink company

Resistance from administration to introduce healthy options

Making my case >>>

Why Healthy Options? 1. Healthy students 2. Better grades and academic performance 3. It can make financial sense - healthy food doesn’t necessarily need to cost more.

1. Healthy students

2. Better grades and academic performance

3. It can make financial sense - healthy food doesn’t necessarily need to cost more.

FAQ ’ s How will students react? Students often like healthy options once they try them! In Hopkins schools, the pizza is on whole-wheat crust, the milk is organic and lunch sales are up. Students here at the college of St. Scholastica choose cut up veggies, pre-made salads, and fruits over a burger and fries.

Students often like healthy options once they try them!

In Hopkins schools, the pizza is on whole-wheat crust, the milk is organic and lunch sales are up.

Students here at the college of St. Scholastica choose cut up veggies, pre-made salads, and fruits over a burger and fries.

FAQ ’ s what are the advantages? Start developing healthy eating habits for life The more students are exposed to healthy options the more they are likely to lean towards healthier options! Long-term this means more healthy people - which is always good :)

Start developing healthy eating habits for life

The more students are exposed to healthy options the more they are likely to lean towards healthier options!

Long-term this means more healthy people - which is always good :)

FAQ ’ s what ’ s the academic value? Healthy Foods = Better Health. Better Grades. Better Behavior. Students will feel better, be more awake and attentive in school. Staying awake definitely = better academic performance!

Healthy Foods = Better Health. Better Grades. Better Behavior.

Students will feel better, be more awake and attentive in school.

Staying awake definitely = better academic performance!

FAQ ’ s How would we pay for it? Your school can make a lot of these changes within their existing budget. And there are a ton of examples out there of schools introducing healthy options and school food sales going up! * (You can check out the Catalyst website for links to lots of examples!) And there are even grants available to support healthy eating programs.

Your school can make a lot of these changes within their existing budget.

And there are a ton of examples out there of schools introducing healthy options and school food sales going up! * (You can check out the Catalyst website for links to lots of examples!)

And there are even grants available to support healthy eating programs.

Example: Baltimore Peaches Baltimore, MD was able to get fresh, local peaches of 8 cents each! If they had gone the traditional route, and ordered canned peaches from the federal government, it would have cost 22 cents per peach - almost three times as much! 14 cents x 83,000 students = $11,620 !

Baltimore, MD was able to get fresh, local peaches of 8 cents each!

If they had gone the traditional route, and ordered canned peaches from the federal government, it would have cost 22 cents per peach - almost three times as much!

14 cents x 83,000 students = $11,620 !

Example: What about pop? The big pop vendors also market their own brands of water. Schools across the country are getting rid of pop machines and switching over to water - and they don’t even need to change vendors. This is an easy change your school can look into if they haven’t already.

The big pop vendors also market their own brands of water.

Schools across the country are getting rid of pop machines and switching over to water - and they don’t even need to change vendors.

This is an easy change your school can look into if they haven’t already.

Where can we find more info? www.bethecatalyst.org

www.bethecatalyst.org

Planning for your school: Things you can do when you get home: Set up a meeting - principal, food service Get your friends involved Put together info for the meeting Organize an activism event!

Things you can do when you get home:

Set up a meeting - principal, food service

Get your friends involved

Put together info for the meeting

Organize an activism event!

Planning for your school: So let’s take a few minutes to get started: Key messages and next steps for talking to principal and food service staff How can you promote healthy choices in your school? What are your in-school activism ideas? Report back!

So let’s take a few minutes to get started:

Key messages and next steps for talking to principal and food service staff

How can you promote healthy choices in your school?

What are your in-school activism ideas?

Report back!

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