How to Better Feed the Brain:
Cost-Effective Ways to Bring Healthy Food and Wellness Programs into Schools
2011 Overall Conference Sub-Theme: From Policy to Practice
Panel Thematic Track: Community & School Culture
Panel Time: 2pm – 3:30pm (90min Duration)
•John Turenne, Founder & President, Sustainable Food Systems
•Tim Cipriano, Chef, New Haven Public Schools
•Will Clark, Chief Operating Officer, New Haven Public Schools
At the launch of the “Let’s Move” campaign, Michelle Obama established a goal for “children who are born today [to] reach adulthood at a healthy weight.” 32 million children are fed in the national school lunch program each day, 64% of whom receive free or reduced price lunch. But with school food budgets under extreme pressure, how can administrators accomplish new health goals while also focusing time and resources on academic achievement? On this panel, experts in food service and school food will help participants develop practical strategies that can be implemented to improve school food and wellness programs. Key questions will include:
• How can school leaders create a healthier menu for their students within budget? What are some of the obstacles schools and districts face, and what are best practices for overcoming them? Are there small changes that could yield significant results?
• Are there ways to partner with corporations to implement healthy school food programs? How can state and federal grant dollars be leveraged for school food programs?
• How have leaders successfully engaged parents in the conversation and helped them reinforce healthy habits in and outside of school?
The panel is open to all who are interested, but will be especially helpful for school administrators, operations leaders, food service and other professionals who play a role in decision making and planning around school food and wellness policies, budgets and daily operations.