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Making diets healthy at P.S. 166.  [1980]

Kamhi Michelle Marder

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Nutrition education was introduced into an elementary school curriculum through workshops for teachers and parents and through classroom lessons integrated with such subject areas as social studies. For example, students studying the Middle East might learn to prepare the traditional dishes of this region while discussing why such a plant-based diet may be healthier than a more costly diet based on animal protein and saturated fat. Parent workshops focused on planning well-balanced meals which incorporate vegetable sources of protein. As the program expanded to include the food service workers, school menus were altered to include raw vegetables and exclude meats containing nitrites and nitrates. Through consumer education, students learned to read food labels.

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Nutrition Action