New York Times posted a video on its front page today pointing to increasing childhood obesity, the issue of corporations pushing sugar, volunteerism. The spokesperson concludes with a need to regulate. Volunteers stand outside the corner stores and encourage kids to make healthy purchases on their way to school. Kids in school play healthy food games, sing health food songs, etc. Way to go Phily!
Schools don’t generally have a lot of choices about what foods they can buy for their cafeteria. Wisconsin has successfully worked with local farmers to bring in lunch (see article): “Like other farm-to-school projects popping up across the nation, Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch benefits children and local farmers by increasing the amount of locally grown, fresh produce served in school lunches…’Local food is an ideal vehicle, both for enhancing school curricula and achieving economic development,’ says [Jack] Kloppenburg, who serves as project director. ‘The Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch project exposes children to healthy food, teaches those children about agriculture and may develop new markets for local farmers.'”
Click here to see the Philadelphia video.