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NUTRIfoundation Calls on Schools Nationwide to Transform the Nutritional Choices of Their Meal Programs and Include Nutrition Education in Their Curriculum

(PRWEB) November 5, 2005 -- A group of health professionals, parents, teachers and community members have united to create a non-profit organization called NUTRIfoundation to petition for schools to adopt a meal program providing nutritional, whole-food choices and to include nutrition education
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 in their curriculum. They are working to send specific recommendations on how to improve the nutritional quality of foods and beverages sold on school
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 “  All teachers reported that students were able to concentrate for longer periods in class.  
These changes will not affect revenue of food sales for schools because there are healthier options that can replace the now highly-processed, low-nutrition, sugar-laden products supplied by corporate enterprises. The members of NUTRIfoundation are willing to support and assist schools in decisions made to improve on foods now sold in schools. The foundation seeks a change that will benefit the students' behavior, learning abilities, performance, health and wellness.

"It is urgent and critical that we transform the mindset of the school administrators, to prioritize the health of children over profits. Our future generation of children and young adults in high schools are our soon-to-be, corporate co-workers, politicians, doctors, and leaders, etc. It is essential that their fundamental nutritional and physical fitness needs are met and sustained for life because this will impact everyone's quality of life in terms of optimal performance, behavior, good health, lower national health care costs, and a 'trickle-down effect' to our economy. Our cause is for the benefit of everyone." states Diana Chauvin, Chief Director of the NUTRIfoundation.

One out of three American children is overweight and fifteen percent of all U.S. children are obese. There are over 300,000 deaths each year in the United States that are associated with obesity. Despite the skyrocketing childhood obesity rates, many high-calorie, low-nutrition foods are still being sold in our schools.

The Appleton, Wisconsin Alternative School featured in the documentary Super Size Me has achieved significant results with "troubled" teens by changing their diet. "We noticed a change from the get-go," said teacher Mary Bruyette, one of the catalysts for the Appleton Central program. "All teachers reported that students were able to concentrate for longer periods in class."

For more information, please contact:
Diana Chan Chauvin
Phone: (407) 944-0131


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