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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:
More than 700 guests attended a culinary competition at Bridgeport Art Center’s Skyline Loft for student teams from 15 of the city’s public high schools. Chicago Vocational Career Academy won the challenge, and the event raised $178,000 for Healthy Schools Campaign.
Remember cafeteria cheeseburger pizza squares glazed with orange cheese? School lunch can be a very bad thing. But with actual students on the case, that might change.
Watch out, Gordon Ramsay and Paula Deen. Student teams from nine Los Angeles Unified schools whipped up their own creatively inspired meals Thursday in the district’s “Cooking Up Change” competition at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
LAUSD hosted the “Cooking up Change” healthy cooking competition for high school student to create menu items that meet nutrition guidelines and budgetary constraints.
Inspired by his grandmother’s insistence that he do something positive with his life, student and chef Leon Sanchez of Chicago turned to cooking “as a door, a window, to further myself as I’m becoming a better man and a better person.” Leon often cooks for his family, and he takes every opportunity to make healthy meals for his younger brother, who suffers from diabetes.
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.