Ann Cooper

Ann Cooper, of Boulder, has been a pioneer in the healthy school lunch community. She recently gave an interview on CPR (the audio is available on their website), and has a previously recorded Ted Talk video which provides good information about the need for better nutrition in our schools. Check it out below!

https://www.ted.com/talks/ann_cooper_talks_school_lunches#t-153567

Jamie’s Dream School

Jamie’s Dream School (2005) is a British four-part T.V. documentary aimed at improving the nutritional content and quality of food in British schools. The show kicked off a larger campaign in Britain called ‘Feed Me Better’ (http://www.feedmebetter.com/) which continues to work towards banning junk food in schools and bringing back fresh, tasty, and nutritional food.

The interaction between Jamie, the students and the head cook, Nora is very entertaining. Part of improving eating habits involves cooking and food education. Jamie teaches the students how to cook healthy food so they can see how easy it is and highlights the benefits of it compared to eating processed foods.

I would recommend watching this with your children and try use some of the cooking methods in the show. Note, YouTube and British media versions have allowed some language in the show which maybe unsuitable for younger audiences.

If you like Jamie, you can also watch his ‘Food Revolution’ based in the U.S. on ABC. It tackles obesity in America, school lunches, food education and food policy.

Watch it on

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNzA0wxym3w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKCYucvop1U&t=495s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6O0g_zXC6c

Water – Are you getting enough?

Water, essential for life yet taken for granted by most. How often do you think about your water consumption? After all we are 70% water!!

The articles linked below outline the benefits of drinking water for your skin, kidneys, blood, bowel, cartilage, cogitative ability and survival. Without water, you would die in just a few days. The 1st by Mr. McIntosh is directed at adults and the 2nd by Child and Youth Health is kid friendly.

We don’t know exactly how much water we should consume but the popular 8 glasses of water a day is a good recommendation. Mr. McIntosh in his article ‘Why is Water Important’ notes that new research suggests 13 glasses (3 liters) is more accurate especially for adult males and those who are very active. Remember you also get water from the food you eat.

We were surprised to see the statistics on water consumption by many Americans. Water is seen as boring but you can add healthy options such as lime, lemon and good quality juice concentrates. Avoid the sugary drinks, save the money and calories by drinking water.

Read it here

(Adults) http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290814.php 

(Kids) http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspxp=335&np=284&id=1494

 

Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating (2014) on Teenshealth.org focuses on understanding, identifying and countering emotional eating.

Today’s society is filled with stressors for kids and teens which often leads to them seeking comfort from food. Unfortunately, it’s generally the bad food which is engineered to provide feelings of contentment and satisfaction that is desired. These foods can lead to many health problems, including obesity, diabetes, emotional conditions and more.

On average we are exposed to 5,000 daily advertisements that promote looking a certain way, buying certain things to be cool and eating certain foods which more often than not, adversely affect our health. Improving awareness increases the possibility for positive change. That’s what this is blog is about.

Read it here

https://teenshealth.org/en/teens/emotional-eating.html?WT.ac=ctg#

Take Charge of Your Health

Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers (2016) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the 5th largest national institute of Health in America.

Their article offers good advice on teenage health from eating habits to exercise. It provides an overview of many topics for parents and teenagers and is a good starting point for improving your health. Awareness is key for parents and teenagers taking charge of their diet and putting in place actionable steps towards improving their health.

Read it here

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/weight-control/take-charge-your-health/Pages/take-charge-your-health.aspx

Hungry for Change

Hungry for Change (2012) is produced by the same people behind Food Matters (2016) as recommended in our November, 16th 2016 post. This documentary focuses on the diet industries deceptive and dangerous strategies. Dieting is a billion-dollar industry with 1/3 of women and 1/4 of men on diets in America. For many people dieting is a temporary improvement, a cyclical routine of weight loss and weight gain instead of a sustainable lifestyle change. The documentary has some excellent interviews providing real insight into the psychology of dieting and the confusing practices of food companies. A particularly good documentary for the younger audience due to the areas discussed.

 

Watch it here or on Netflix, Amazon

How Not to Die

How Not to Die

 

Dr. Greger's book "How Not to Die", a NY Times best seller, explores the top 15 leading causes of death amongst Americans and what we can eat to help prevent them. The author makes the technical easily understandable with a blend of humor and actionable advice. A good read for those wanting specific information about the prevention of heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes and more. If there's even the slightest chance that Dr. Greger's advice can successfully help prevent or indeed treat one of the conditions, then it's worth reading. With most advice having no known negative side-effects, you have nothing to lose. Consuming green leafy vegetables for heart disease, drinking hibiscus tea for hypertension, coffee for liver inflammation or flaxseed for prostate cancer has very little, if any negative side effects especially when compared to prescription drugs.

Available at many good bookstores and online sources.

Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead

This film documents one man's impressive transformation with the help of a drastic change in diet and lifestyle. From weight loss to eliminating medicine regimen, open your mind to his amazing results from the power of juice!

Food, Inc.

Food Inc. takes a rather unflattering look at the way our food is produced in the world of big agriculture. Corporate farming has continued to grow exponentially in recent decades. This film presents the consequences of our nation's legislative and purchasing policies in compelling and heart-wrenching detail. 

Watch it here on Amazon, or Netflix.

TEDTalks: Chew on This:

Chew On this features 14 videos dedicated to food, food practices, and how to best give our children (and ourselves) access to healthy and nutritious meals at school and home.  From speakers Jaime Oliver, Dan Barber, and Ann Cooper to name a few, you can learn the steps to start the journey to better health (for us and our planet)! 

Watch it here  From foie gras to "cow farts" there's a little something for everyone!

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy is the perfect combination of humor and shock - you can't ignore the message, but you'll want to hear it. There are some scenes which may be disturbing to small children, but the information is valuable and presented well. Explore potential sustainable practices and the impact of the commercial agriculture industry on our environment through the eyes of directors Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn.

Watch it in Netflix

Food Matters

The physicians and nutritionists featured in the Food Matters documentary show viewers the incredible benefits of a healthy and balanced diet. Everything from common sicknesses, to depression - and even cancer - find a place among the illnesses for which they can provide studies to support good nutrition and naturally occurring vitamins as an effective treatment. **Some images of patients can be graphic** If you have ever wondered just how much a healthy diet can actually do for you, this film will have you reaching for vegetables in no time!

Watch it here or find it on Amazon Prime Video.

Super Size Me

Join Morgan Spurlock on a 30 day journey to test his body's ability to survive on a fast food diet. Watch as he travels the country in search of school nutrition and fitness programs, all while eating nothing that cannot be found on a McDonald's menu. Supervised by 3 physicians and a dietician, Spurlock shows viewers both the science and daily life behind his weight-gain and declining health.

If you've ever considered cutting out, or cutting back on, fast food, this film will provide you with more than enough motivation to give it a try. I hope you find yourself reaching for a juicy, organic chicken breast (lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic is delicious!) and along with some brown rice and broccoli for good measure. For myself, healthy eating is the inspiration behind my life's work. At My Kid's Lunch we ask a simple question: would I want my kid to eat that? When it comes to fast food, the answer is an emphatic no!

Watch it here to see for yourself!