The Children's Museum of Manhattan is working with the NIH to encourage in preschool children a love of fruits and vegetables in hopes that learning about them will lead to eating more of them. The curriculum, "Eat Play Grow," which has been tested in early-childhood programs, offers lesson plans on topics such as portion control, healthy drinks and exercise.
School nutrition professionals at one Minnesota school have become a model for preserving and freezing locally grown food. Since 2010, nutrition professionals have worked each summer to harvest vegetables from the school garden, which they later chop, pickle and freeze. The process allows the school to serve locally grown food over the winter, but some point out that the process is difficult and could benefit from a business partnership.
Chefs and restaurants will get more creative with salads and vegetable dishes next year as more consumers discover the benefits of going meatless at more meals, Technomic predicts in its trend list for 2013. Chicken and a wider selection of grains are also likely to show up on more menus next year, the report says, along with smaller dishes that feed our growing hunger for snacks.
McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King have all added "fresh" options to their menus, trying to capitalize on the fresh-food movement started by Subway and Chipotle. NPD Group said the chains want to attract weight-conscious Americans but will have a hard time overcoming their fries-and-burgers image.
Policymakers, educators and health care professionals are leading a revolution in public awareness about healthful eating. The notion behind their campaign is that if fresh produce is more available, people will learn to love it, and deaths from such killers as obesity, heart disease and diabetes will drop off.