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A lot of people have forgotten Grandma's rule: "Eat right." They seem to think all calories are created equal. But if physiology didn't matter, prenatal care would be useless; scurvy, rickets, and pellagra wouldn't occur; prescriptions for antidepressants and Ritalin wouldn't work. If humans were just disembodied souls, no kids could be hurt by ingesting lead, mercury, dioxin, etc.

Every day, our bodies work with just a few basic inputs: air, water, and food. Why, then, don't we (1) keep toxins like trans fats out and (2) add essential nutrients like omega-3s in?

Surely, before we spend a dime on new curricula, teacher education, or even leaky roofs, we would want to make sure that kids have excellent food. You will find plenty of data on this site to support the notion "Garbage In, Garbage Out."

But banning harmful products like sodas, donuts, and hydrogenated peanut butter is only a start. The next step is fresh salads, veggies and fruits offered every day. We who organized this website also want to have omega-3-enriched smoothies, breads, and soups for students in Sacramento. Sooner or later, providing organic, locally grown ingredients (some right out of the school garden) could be routine.

Ultimately we want to transform American children's relationship to food. Kids---and adults---can move beyond Junk Food Addiction to appreciate the delights of wholesome sustenance and the joys of sharing meals with others.

True, we are still back at the envisioning stage, rather like when people first thought children shouldn't have to work in factories for 10-12 hours a day, six days a week. "Every child in school? It will never happen!"

Well, it did happen. But although kids are now inside the classroom, many are not learning.

Our "impossible dream" is for America's future citizens to be both physically and mentally healthy. Food industry vested interests, uninformed legislators, and bureaucratic inertia cannot block this transformation much longer because the cost to society has reached the tipping point.

Better school meals will lead to productive, happy people, very affordable health care, lower taxes, and greatly reduced rates of mental illness and violence.

Follow the logic:
1. Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for mental and physical health. 2. 90% of Americans are deficient in omega-3s. 3. How did we get in this pickle? 4.How will adequate omega-3s lower taxes and improve the economy? 1. The Omega Plan, Dr. Artemis Simopoulos, M.D., & Jo Robinson, $14
2. Food & Behavior, Barbara Reed Stitt, $10. See Appleton Kids under Success Stories (listed on the left)
3. http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/0057.htm
Members:

Lauren Ayers
Teacher
lauren.ayers@goodschoolfood.org

James Curiel, PhD
Professor, Sociology
james-curiel@redwoods.edu

Don Glines
Educational Futures

Hasan Hanks
Teacher
hasanhanks@earthlink.net

Jeanie Keltner, PhD
Editor, Because People Matter

Michael J. Kwiker, D.O.

William Mora, M.D.
Health Associates Medical Group

Susan Montoya

Cynthia Mulcaire

Carlina Nowrocki
Teacher

Robert O’Brien, MA
bobrien@cwnet.com

Suiying Saechao
Member LEAF at Hiram Johnson HS
krazaygal@yahoo.com

Charity Smith
President Youth Congress at Sac High
princess_charitys@yahoo.com