What We Do: In Schools
Teaching the importance of good nutrition and improving school food
In Philadelphia and the surrounding area, 30 percent of school age children struggle with being overweight or obese. Rising obesity threatens the next generation leading to a lifetime of diet-related diseases like diabetes. Through nutrition education, youth leadership development and healthy food environments, schools can impart life-long skills for healthy eating and give our children a healthy start in life.
The Food Trust Solution
The Food Trust's team of nutrition educators, youth leadership coordinators and farm to school specialists work in more than 100 schools in Philadelphia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to teach the importance of good nutrition and physical activity to children, their parents/caregivers and their teachers. The Food Trust encourages youth to become actively engaged in leadership activities promoting the importance of healthy lifestyles, introduces children to fresh, nutritious, locally grown food in the cafeteria and classroom and provides training and technical assistance to school districts and producers to make it easier to do so. Our school and recreation center programs strive to help people make healthy food choices. A study published in Pediatrics found that this comprehensive approach to school programming reduced the incidence of childhood obesity by 50 percent.
This toolkit was written to share the successes of The Food Trust's comprehensive approach to school programming with other schools, parents, policymakers, and community groups who are interested in improving the school environment to help prevent childhood obesity.
This toolkit has been designed to help parents, teachers, food service professionals, school administrators and community leaders confront the epidemic of childhood obesity by promoting healthy beverage consumption.