You'd think the school would be teaching the kids how to eat fruits and vegetables. But instead, a high-school senior in Florida, Arielle Carpenter, is trying to teach the school.
As she chronicles on Stonyfield Farm's Creating Healthy Kids blog:
I started by writing to the school district's superintendent and he in turn referred me to the School Menu Planning Committee. From there I got involved in trying to make healthy changes, such as asking that prepared salads be brought out into the courtyard for sale (in South Florida that is where the majority of students eat). I pursued my quest by sponsoring Nutrition Awareness Days where I gave out literature and samples of healthy snacks that were donated by manufacturers.
I continue to promote making healthy choices, but it is not an easy battle, as evidenced by what many food manufacturers market to kids. I now focus on giving interactive Power Point presentations to lower and middle school classes and these have been very well received...
I stress that children must become educated consumers, learn to read labels, and make healthier choices when it comes to choosing what they want to eat. I have borrowed the phrase that youth under the age of 18 must learn to "Vote With Your Fork", meaning that although we cannot vote in an election, we can voice our opinion that we do not want junk food by purchasing healthier foods.
Stonyfield Farm says that any comments left here will be delivered to Ms. Carpenter.