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This food fight is all about nutrition

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KUSA - Food Fight is a non-profit that offers a curriculum designed to teach high-school students about how food, politics and consumerism affect what they eat. We took a closer look at the program on 9NEWS 8 a.m.

Dan Marek, school program educator with the Whole Kids Foundation is helping the organization, and he demonstrated some of the ways schools can teach kids about healthy eating and healthy choices.

The typical Food Fight curriculum focuses on how the corporate food landscape and consumer culture has created the country's current food system, and then shows students ways they can help change it for the better.

Food Fight started about two years ago, after a couple of high school teachers started talking about how their students' nutrition habits were impacting their mood, and creating health and behavioral problems. The pair realized that the traditional nutrition curriculum just wasn't having any impact.

So they decided to shake things up by crafting a curriculum that presents kids with the bigger picture.

In the first half of the semester, instructors deconstruct the food landscape, explaining how advertising and branding shapes what people eat and explains why most of that mass produced food isn't healthy. The goal is to instill a sense of urgency into the high schoolers.

In the second half of the semester, students begin to learn about good nutrition and food habits. Students go to a grocery store to learn about how to shop for healthier goods, and a chef comes to class to teach them how to make healthy meals.

In the final weeks of the class, students undertake a hands-on project designed to show them how to effect change. In previous sessions, students have assessed the meals in their school cafeteria, surveyed the food environment surrounding their campus and even convinced food vendors that cater to students to offer healthier lunch options.

Learn more by visiting www.foodfight.org. Find out more about the Whole Kids Foundation here, http://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/. Also, find out how to throw a salad bar party that kids will love on this blog entry: http://bit.ly/YNDwBh.

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