Cafeteria Crusaders: They're changing the way kids eat
California Farm Bureau Federation, California Country Magaine, September/October 2008
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Some experts call childhood obesity a "critical public health threat." Others use the term "epidemic." But the facts speak for themselves: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 9 million children over the age of 6 are considered obese, with the numbers rising every day. That's why a broad spectrum of concerned adults--California's school cafeteria crusaders, if you will--are focused on changing the way kids eat.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg. We feel that the schools and kids are ready for this," Tobey said. "Small introductions to new foods is really what changes eating habits in the long run."
The school garden is just one tool Miguel Villarreal, center, uses to help students improve their health and well-being. He's joined in the garden by Lu Sutton Elementary teacher Thomas Scheaffer, far left, and his third-graders.
The school garden is one tool used to achieve this. All teachers at Lu Sutton use the garden as a learning center for subjects including science, math and writing. And the school is a shining example that healthy diets equal healthy minds.