Vitamin D
Letter to Parents
Carta a los Padres
Everyone Needs More
H1N1 "Swine" Flu & D
Saves Lives, Billions
Salvar Vidas, Dolares
Citations for above
Benefits of Vitamin D
Docs Only Half Right
D Headlines and Links

Parents Should Know
Want to See A
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Success Stories
Appleton Kids
Aptos Middle School
Aptos Middle School
Food Is Elementary
NPR on Junk Food
Profitable Vending
NY City Schools
Kraft Reducing Fat

Crime Times

Junk Food Wars
Food Fights Crime

General Nutrition Articles
Junk Food Junkies
Mayo Clinic
Obesity From School Lunch
When a Crop Becomes King
Food Pyramid
IQ & Crime
Stop School Killings

Omega-3 Articles
Letter to Students
A Key Nutrient
Texas Fish Oil
Flax Does So Much
Four 'Smart Fat' Steps
Foods and Ratios
BBC - Food & Reading
Miracle in Appleton
Update on Appleton
Higher IQ
Flax Power
Sardine Snacks
A Good Fat

Trans Fats Hurt Kids
Book on Trans Fats
Avoid Hydrogenated
Trans Fats on Food Labels
Politics of Fat

Soda Overview
Venice High School
No Sodas in Venice
Fighting the Fizz
Seattle & Arizona

Sickle Cell Articles

About Us

The Big Picture                   Printable Version

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 and vitamin D 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 California. It is crucial for parents to know how to make sure their children are not vitamin D deficient. Sooner or later, providing organic, locally grown ingredients (some right out of the school garden) will 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 and vitamin D are crucial for mental and physical health. 2. 90% of Americans are deficient in omega-3s and vitamin D. 3. How did we get in this pickle? 4. How will adequate omega-3s and vitamin D 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)

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James Curiel, PhD
Professor, Sociology

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Website Editor (

Hasan Hanks

Jeanie Keltner, PhD
Editor, Because People Matter

Michael J. Kwiker, D.O.

William Mora, M.D.
Health Associates Medical Group

Robert 0'Brien, MA

Charity Smith
President Youth Congress at Sac High