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    My bread-and-soda loving mom has been hearing a stream of health messages from my brother and I over the past few months, but I didn't think it was really sinking in. Well, tonight she was telling me how this is "nutrition" week in her kindergarten class, so she's supposed to teach the kids about the food pyramid and appropriate serving sizes. She decided to "rearrange" the old school food pyramid they were using to put fruits and vegetables on the bottom and bumped the grains to the same level as meat. I thought this was pretty cool.


    Their school also has a grant now that provides fresh fruit or vegetables for snack in place of the crackers or fruit snacks they used to get. The kindergarteners really enjoy this, and they're exposed to some pretty "exotic" fruits and veggies like mangos and jicama. Most of these kids probably wouldn't get much if any fresh food otherwise, so this is good to see!


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    Way cool! Big high five for mom.

    ~Blog~

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      Wow, kudos to your mom I wish more schools had the funding for that kind of thing because kids really can't choose for themselves. And it was kind of the same way with my mom & grandma. Consistency is the key and eventually they come around subconsciously and make some changes for the most part, we've kicked almost all the processed foods out of the house and have a lot more fresh whole foods.

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        That's fantastic! Way to go mom! I wish we had a renegade like her when I was a kid.

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          Instead of a food pyramid I would have just written "See a fucking naturopath and get a fucking metabolic typing test" on the board.


          Scary thing is I'm actually going to be a teacher in a few years.

          Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

          Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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            Yeah Mom! Good work Leslie. Can't wait to come home for spring break!

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              Huzzah! That's wonderful news.

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                Stabby, just don't drop the f-bomb in the kindergarten class.

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                  I wish all school kids had a chance to have fresh vegetables and fruit every day. It's great to see that there are still some forward-thinking people around!

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                    Wow, that's awesome! Kudos to your mom. And it's so nice that her school has grant for fresh fruit and veggies. Have you seen Jamie Oliver's talk on TED, the one about teaching kids about real food? He goes to a school and shows the kids some common fruit and it was really sad to see that the kids didn't recognize them, really a sad state of affairs.

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                      I have been keeping up with Jamie Oliver's work. It's inspiring. That scene, juxtaposed against a study I saw recently that stated very young children were able to identify many fast food/brand logos (but not actual food items) indicates we need more real food education. I think people are starting to realize how bad it's getting. See this blog about school lunch: http://fedupwithschoollunch.blogspot.com.

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                        Thanks for the link LeslieK! I should post the link on facebook/share it w/ moms whose kids are exposed to such foods at school.

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