Serving healthy food to students is more than installing a salad bar in the cafeteria, and a group of high schools students want healthier school meals while advocating for greater changes in selections and education about nutrition.
The Mt. Diablo Unified School District continues to reexamine the approach to providing whole meals and integrating core curriculum and nutritious ingredients in cafeteria offerings. Students want to explore nutrition based on science, calculating portion size and fat grams, while eating food with no high fructose corn syrup.
A group of students in the sustainable hospitality program at the Concord campus traveled to Washington DC, advocating for culinary change. They shared their healthy eating activities with some peers on the East Coast.
They are calling for the adoption of “Twenty-First Century Home Economics.”
“This was a political move. We needed to have the kids speak up, ‘stop feeding us junk,'” said Cindy Gershen, chef and teacher at Mt. Diablo High. “They became lobbyists for healthy foods.”