Tag Archives: Childhood Obesity
On July 16th I was honored to be part of the Future of Food: Food Security in the 21st Century–an event that brought thought leaders throughout Arizona together to discuss the issue of improving children’s health and nutrition, especially during the summer months. Many of the speakers shared innovative and exciting ideas about how to connect more people to agriculture and fresh food. One such program is the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free, nutritious meals to any child between the ages of 1-18. Good nutrition is important over the summer; students receive the opportunity to continue developing physically and socially and can return to class ready to learn.
Through my travel experiences, I have witnessed a disconnect among people and the food on their plates – many don’t know how their food originated, which is why farm to school initiatives are vital to nutrition education. We have a shared responsibility to provide nutritious food to our children in schools and to the growing population.
National Dairy Council was founded by dairy farmers almost a century ago and remains committed to helping ensure children have the best chance at leading healthy, productive lives. Help us out and support your local farmers by getting your child’s school involved in a farm to school initiative and visit the National Farm to School Network to find a program near you!
As a representative of dairy farm families in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, I had the opportunity to speak today at the “Future of Food” breakfast forum in Denver, on behalf of Western Dairy Association (WDA). The forum brought together local government, agricultural and educational leaders to have a deep discussion around the shared responsibility of the challenge of providing nutritious, affordable food to children in schools and to a growing population.
Dairy farmers are at the forefront of feeding America and nourishing each of our lives every day. I believe that dairy foods and the nutritional quality they provide is a pivotal part of the solution. The more we educate people, especially children, about how food begins on the farm, the more they will understand that dairy is a nutritious food group that farmers strive to produce with minimal impact on the environment. This education must start with our youth via farm to school programs, farm tours and nutrition education.
Working as a registered dietitian for America’s dairy farmers through National Dairy Council has given me the opportunity to be a part of creating tangible solutions with other groups such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. From the Academy’s Kids Eat Right program to Fuel Up to Play 60, there are many initiatives helping provide kids with nutrition education and access to nutrient-rich foods (e.g., low-fat and fat-free dairy, whole grains, fruits and vegetables) and physical activity.
Hello, I’m Jean Ragalie, President of National Dairy Council, registered dietitian (a.k.a., food and nutrition expert) and mother of three. This is my first time to blog on dairygood.com … one of many “firsts” working for America’s dairy farmers. I’d like to tell you about what I do in collaboration with many others and share stories on our efforts.