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School Lunch Make-Over: Starting with who?

I spoke with someone in the local media this week about the “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” (CPPW) grant workshops: Discover. Cook. Nourish. that I am proud to be working on.  The reporter asked about the focus of the workshops and I explained that we were attempting to affect the beliefs of the individual school food service worker as a first step.  The workshop materials clearly outlines the need for changing how we eat and then offers ample lessons and resources on “how to”.  We cover popular food terminology, whole grain and bean cookery, how to balance meals, how to shop for the best quality and give hands –on cooking lessons using dozens of recipes.  By getting these individuals jazzed about better health via good food, they may develop a passion for feeding themselves and their family better.

The reporter, playing devil’s advocate, wondered how these workshops were going to help.  If grant money is awarded to teach school food service workers about serving better food, parents want to see better food on their child’s lunch tray.  PDQ!  Why waste precious grant money on changing the school food service worker’s dinner plate?

I stood my ground.  Because post workshop, if a food service manager wants to bring in more food from local vendors, the workers who took the workshops will be in the “heck yea” camp.  Sign up the their school for the child_cafeteriafarm-to-school program?  The answer is more likely to be YES and how can I help.  If serving more whole grains in the menu rotation becomes part of the “more fiber” rule from the government, these foods won’t be unfamiliar. In fact, the folks who have taken the workshop will know how to make a variety of whole grains taste fantastic.  Maybe they’ll be psyched enough to host an information session for the parents at their school?  Or a cooking class?

Starting with the individual is exactly where change begins.  Each parent, each child, each school food service worker has to desire similar changes if school lunch food is going to improve.  I threw the question back to her.  If we don’t shift the consciousness of the school food service worker, then who would you start with?  Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is emotionally charged, confrontational and nationally televised.  His sweeping school lunch makeover is one approach, lobbying for better school lunch policies in D.C. is another.  Two Angry Moms made a movie to raise consciousness and evoke change. I feel that the problem has to be confronted from every point of entry.  Dr. Susan Rubin of Better School Food has a “to do” list for parents and school food service directors to follow.  What’s your take on the issue.  Where does changing the way we feed children begin for you?

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Jamie's Food Revolution

Anybody watch this last night at 10 pm on ABC?  What did you think?  Man, the lunch ladies hated him.   Loved their visors.

Jamie’s pretty brave.  He left no strawberry milk or chicken nugget unturned.  The close up of the list  ingredients of some of the “food” the school (all schools!) serves everyday to children is just what you’d expect but choose to ignore.  I liked that the process didn’t  resolve  happy  in the first episode.  Changing what we feed our kids at school will take time, money and better politics.   A miracle that the ugly truth of school lunch is being addressed on national television – and not cable!

Jamie Oliver vs. Chocolate Milk

Jamie Oliver spells it out.  He’s passionate about fighting obesity.  This is a 20 minute watch from the magnificent TED talks worth a sit at the computer.

Our effort on Cookus Interruptus is not just about giving folks an impressive kale salad to take to their next pot luck.  Our mission is to normalize healthy home cooking so that our children and our children’s children can grow up with the vitality to pursue their dreams.

Rock on Jamie.

Kiwi Disguised as Asparagus

Chef Jamie Oliver gets incensed by what we feed our kids for lunch. Worth watching. Definitely worth showing your kids, especially if they have a penchant for chicken nuggets. It ends abruptly. Go to You Tube to watch part 2.  If you’re incensed too, join Dr. Susan Rubin in her Better School Food movement.

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