Proof in the Pudding
UC Berkeley researchers who studied students and their integrated food education over three years confirmed that kids whose curriculum included integrated lessons about gardening, cooking, and nutrition developed better eating habits and knew more about good nutrition than kids without such lessons.
With the rate of child obesity and associated health problems still rising in this country, this is much-needed good news for kids and their families.
The report is timely, as Congress is considering the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which includes funding for Farm-to-School programs, a 6-cent increase in the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches, and stricter standards for food sold to students at school.
Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle's School Meals Study Provides Food for Thought