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A Harvest of Health—It's What's for Lunch!

So what can I do?

Suggestions for parents:

  • Reinforce a connection with the source of your family's food and healthy eating habits at home. When it comes to good food, you are your children's most important teacher.
  • Visit and observe in your child's school lunchroom -- or better yet, eat lunch with your child at school. Volunteer, if that is an option.
  • Learn about and get involved in your school district's wellness policy process.
  • If healthy options are being introduced into their lunch program, encourage your child to purchase the meal that day. That is the best way to support the economics of a changing school lunch program.
  • If healthy foods are not available at in your school, make a box lunch for your child. Get terrific lunch packing ideas here, and check out Ann's new book for more! (see below)

Check out Chef Ann's new book!

Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children by Ann Cooper and Lisa Holmes (Harper Collins, September, 2006). Inspiration and food for thought, plus over 100 delicious kid-friendly recipes! Look for it at your favorite bookstore, or get it in the Organic Valley General Store

Recipe for Change: One Lunch Lady's Fight for our Children's Future

Read Chef Ann's story! (download PDF here)

Tips for Healthy Eating

What you can do at home. Parents, take these points to heart!


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