Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Childrens Health [NOOK Book]

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There's a battle going on in school lunchrooms around the country...and it's a battle our children can't afford for us to lose.

The average kid will eat 4,000 school lunches between kindergarten and twelfth grade. But what exactly are kids eating in school lunchrooms around the country? Many parents don't quite know what their children are eating-or where it came from. As award-winning filmmaker and nutritionist Amy Kalafa discovered in ...
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Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Childrens Health

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Overview

There's a battle going on in school lunchrooms around the country...and it's a battle our children can't afford for us to lose.

The average kid will eat 4,000 school lunches between kindergarten and twelfth grade. But what exactly are kids eating in school lunchrooms around the country? Many parents don't quite know what their children are eating-or where it came from. As award-winning filmmaker and nutritionist Amy Kalafa discovered in researching her documentary film Two Angry Moms: Fighting for the Health of America's Children, these days it's pretty rare to find a piece of fresh fruit in your average school lunchroom amid all the chips, french fries, Pop-Tarts, chicken nuggets, and soda that's being served. But what, if anything, can parents do about it?

Written in response to the onslaught of requests she received from parents who saw her film and asked, "If I want to attempt to change the food culture in my kid's school, how on earth should I get started?!" this empowering book arms parents with the specific information and tools they need to get unhealthy-even dangerous-food out of their children's school cafeteria and to hold their schools and local and national governments accountable for ensuring that their growing children are served healthy meals at school. In Lunch Wars, Kalafa explains all the complicated issues surrounding school food; how to work with your school's "Wellness Policy"; the basics of self- operated vs. outsourced cafeterias; how to get funding for a school garden, and much more. Lunch Wars also features the inspiring stories of parents around the country who have fought for better school food and have won, as well as details Amy's quest to spark a revolution in her own school district.

For the future health and well-being of our children, the time has come for a school food revolution.


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Even the U.S. government admits that American schools are flunking lunch: A 2007 School Nutrition Dietary Assessment concluded that the vast majority of schools in our country exceed USDA guidelines for quantities of saturated fat, total fat and sodium in school lunches. Students are being fed food held to a lower standard than fast-food chains like McDonald's. If you are a parent who finds these practices abhorrent or downright frightening, Amy Kalafa's Lunch Wars will provide steps to take meaningful local action.

Publishers Weekly
Kalafa, producer and director of the documentary Two Angry Moms, delves more deeply into the subject of school lunch, offering a step-by-step action plan for parents hoping to make changes in their child's school lunch room. The author explains how the project started, revealing that efforts to provide her daughter with healthy food at home were being "undermined" by unhealthy choices at school (according to the author, the school cafeteria may well be "a microcosm of American fake food culture"). Kalafa serves up some scary statistics, noting the link between childhood junk food and obesity, diabetes, and learning, behavioral, and other health problems, and soberly observing that "our children's life expectancy is now shorter than our own." Kids who buy lunch at school, she notes, don't do as well academically; better food means better grades. With plenty of convincing evidence in hand, she then urges parents to visit their children's lunch rooms, create partnerships with teachers, school staff, and the PTO or PTA, conduct surveys, audit the school food environment, create an updated school wellness policy, and take other steps toward change. Kalafa also provides plenty of positive examples of schools that have gone the extra mile, establishing farm to school and other innovative and nourishing programs. This meaty, practical offshoot of Kalafa's film will help parents turn anger into positive action. (Sept.)
Tuscon Citizen

"An excellent book which shows why and how a school food revolution must begin if we hope to reclaim the health of our children."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101547465
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/18/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 441 KB

Meet the Author

Amy Kalafa has produced award-winning films, television programs, and written magazine articles in the field of health education for more than twenty-five years. The writer and producer of the acclaimed documentary film Two Angry Moms: Fighting for the Health of America's Children, Kalafa was featured on Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, Fox News Live, and in USA Today and The New York Times. A holistic health and nutrition counselor as well as an organic farmer, she lives with her family in Georgetown, Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Don't Poison the Kids! 1

1 Let's Do Lunch 15

2 Get Connected 66

3 The Wonky Chapter 110

4 local Wellness Policies 142

5 Tipping Scales to Tipping Points 194

6 Farm to Cafeteria 215

7 Teach Food 260

8 Outsourced 293

9 School Food from Scratch 321

Notes 347

Resources 357

Index 363

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