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On July 9, 2013 Healthy Schools Campaign convened a meeting of 20 health and education experts to discuss opportunities for integrating health and wellness into the Department of Education’s School Improvement Grant program. Last week, Healthy Schools Campaign released the meeting report which highlights a number of strategies identified by the group including:
As healthy eating has become a hot topic in the nation over the past several years, it’s no surprise that many people are taking steps to create healthier school meals for children. The Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), based in Chicago, is one organization that is working to educate parents, teachers, principals, students, and the public about the importance of nutritious school lunches. “While we focus on a number of different issues, clearly one of the biggest issues facing young people today, and society as a whole, is the escalating rates of childhood obesity,” explains Rochelle Davis, Healthy Schools Campaign founder and president/CEO. “And while schools were certainly not the cause of that problem, they’re very important institutions for helping to solve that problem.”
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Illinois State Board of Education has launched the Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Award program, which officials say will recognize schools that are leading the way to promote sustainability and environmental education.
“The School environment, from the food that’s served to the quality of indoor air, profoundly impacts a student’s ability to learn," said Mark Bishop, Vice President of Policy and Communications for Healthy Schools Campaign in the news release. "The Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that are leading the way in providing healthy, safe, and sustainable learning environments for our children.”
Based on the apparent stances of many school officials, the filler won’t make any massive returns anytime soon. Illinois’ largest school district, Chicago Public Schools, has adamantly abstained from reintroducing LFTB into the school-lunch program — specifically due to its clandestine reputation.
Mark Bishop, the vice president of policy for the Healthy Schools Campaign, said he is confident lean finely textured beef will stay out of Illinois’ largest school district: Chicago Public Schools.
“They’ve taken the position that they’re not going to buy meat treated with ammonia and they’ve followed through on that,” Bishop said. “This issue is really about labeling more than it is about nutrition. Whether in our homes or in our schools, we want to make informed choices. We want to know what’s in our food.”
HSC's Mark Bishop talks to the Associated Press about the changing, but ever important, role of school nurses since 1902.
Every teenager wants to change the world. And last month, in Washington, DC, one group of talented young chefs set out to do just that, starting with their school cafeteria. Last month at the U.S. Department of Education, eight teams of high school culinary students from around the country served up their vision for healthy, delicious school food as part of the Cooking up Change® national healthy cooking contest.
On July 17, education, business, healthcare and nonprofit communities in Chicago will celebrate a three-year campaign to mobilize and empower schools in the fight against childhood obesity, and to announce the next chapter in these efforts. Healthy Schools Campaign will welcome more than 200 stakeholders to celebrate the successes of Go for the Gold in Food and Fitness, Chicago’s answer to the call made by First Lady Michelle Obama to tackle childhood obesity.
Parents and activists were pleased with the new Chicago Public Schools recess policy. Rochelle Davis, president and CEO of the Healthy Schools Campaign, which supported the push for recess, says that having it institutionalized as district policy was “a very great step in the right direction.”