Effecting nutritional change in your school

Barbara Moore, PhD President of Shape Up America!, shares advice for parents on what they can do to advocate change for healthier foods in your kids' school
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Effecting nutritional change in your school

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I can' t tell you how many times I talk to parents who believe that the Federal Government controls what goes on in their schools. Nothing could be further from the truth. Schools in America are under local control. And what that means is that you should take an interest in what goes on in your school, and only by banding together with other parents are you going to be able to change what goes on in your child's school. so definitely get involved in the PTA or the PTO in your school district, maybe consider serving on the School Board. But the point is you should get together with other parents, and you should put pressure on the administration to either get rid of the vending machines altogether or to change the nature of the foods that are in those vending machines. And by the way, the same thing is true for the cafeteria. You need to look closely at what foods are being served in the cafeteria as well. So, basically, you can get together with other parents, you can put pressure onto the school system to raise the nutritional standards of the foods that are sold and served in your child's school.

Barbara Moore, PhD President of Shape Up America!, shares advice for parents on what they can do to advocate change for healthier foods in your kids' school

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Barbara J. Moore, PhD

President, Shape Up America!

Barbara J. Moore, PhD is president and CEO of Shape Up America!, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. The mission of SUA is to raise awareness of obesity as a health issue through its award-winning website, Shapeup.org  and other communication channels.  Considered a leading authority on obesity in the United States, Dr. Moore served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children in Youth, which produced the landmark 2005 report Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. Moore received her PhD in nutritional science from Columbia University. Her postdoctoral training in nutrition and physiology was at the University of California at Davis. She held an academic position at Rutgers University and also served in industry as General Manager of Program Development at Weight Watchers International.  She held several federal government positions at the White House and the National Institutes of Health before joining Shape Up America! in 1995. She holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MS in nutrition from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. 

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