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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Healthier Lunchtime Options = Healthier Kids

Note: This is part of series of posts discussing the Food Day principles. Last week, food blogger and consultant Amy Scheuerman discussed the importance of good nutrition and its role in warding off disease. Today we're thrilled to share this guest post from Nicole Nacamuli, events manager for Slow Foods Boston. In it, Nicole shares how a Slow Foods campaign helped influence the School Nutrition Act, which ties in with Food Day principle #5: promoting health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids.

All of these posts are leading up to our Food Day celebration on October 24! We'd love to see you at our Community Sourced Potluck and read, watch, or listen to your experiences with "real food" through our Food Day microsite.

By Nicole Nacamuli

There is nothing like tasting a "real" tomato or a "real" apple in the height of the farmers’ market season. As soon as fruits and veggies are picked and they are refrigerated, they begin to lose their flavor. By eating as local as possible, we are reducing the time between the picking of the produce and the time is ends up in our mouth. The less time that has passed the better it will taste.

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One of the goals of Slow Food is to teach people about the importance of knowing where your food comes from and one of the many initiatives which demonstrate this is the principle is the operation of many schoolyard gardens. Schoolyard gardens give children the opportunity to take part in growing their food – from planting, to harvesting to eating. This way they KNOW where their food comes from. They are involved in the process from start to finish and the more they are engaged, the more they appreciate the exquisite taste of a fresh fruits and veggies. And the outcome? The better something tastes, the more they will eat.

Last year, Slow Food launched a huge campaign called “Time for Lunch”. This initiative tackled the problem that school children and parents face due to limitations by the government. Seeing that the School Nutrition Act was up for renewal and comments, requests were made that the Act be changed in the following ways:
  • Increase the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches by $1 per student.
  • The implementation of nutrition standards for food sold outside of the lunch line.
  • The increase of funding for school gardens and farm-to-school food
In December 2010, to Slow Foods elation, the Child Nutrition Act was reauthorized to include all of these items. We are on our way to improving children’s nutrition and getting them more and more involved in eating locally and sustainably.

Nicole Nacamuli works for Road Scholar, a non-profit, educational travel company in Boston, as a Program Manager. When she is not working she spends lots of time volunteering for Slow Food Boston as the Events Manager. Slow Food “advocates sustainability and bio-diversity through educational events, and promote the consumption of seasonal and local foods and the support of those who produce them.” Nicole therefore loves to cook, eat and talk about food!

Show your support for "real food" by joining us on October 24 for our Community Sourced Potluck, featuring local celebrity judges, gift bags packed with delicious goodies, and, of course, lots of homemade, locally sourced eats.

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