What We Do: In Schools

Teaching the importance of good nutrition and improving school food

The Issue

Overconsumption of unhealthy foods has led to an obesity epidemic and threatens the next generation with 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 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.


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