Announcing Food Is Elementary Training in Kansas City!!

July 8, 2010

Experts agree healthy kids learn better. That’s why next month, Bistro Kids is sponsoring a Food Educator training with Dr. Antonia Demas, creator of the Food is Elementary curriculum. In this informative and inspiring two-day training, participants will learn how to implement the award-winning curriculum, which provides a framework for improving students’ health by teaching them about food, nutrition and cooking through dynamic multi-cultural lessons that fully engage their senses. Here are the details. Seating is limited so don’t wait!

August 11-12, 2010
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Crossroads Church, 7917 Main St, KCMO 64114
Registration Fee: $165 (Includes a copy of Food is Elementary by Antonia Demas)
College and Continuing Education credit information available at training
Lunch Provided On Thursday Only

To register, send this form with your payment to the address on the form: Food Educator Training Registration Form

How is Food is Elementary different from other nutrition education programs?

Food is Elementary does more than teach children about healthy eating – it improves their eating behaviors. Students learn basic food preparation and cooking skills in a way that engages their natural curiosity. It empowers them to make good food choices by providing accurate information about the link between food and disease prevention.

Food is Elementary is accessible and inclusive. Recipes use healthy commodity foods such as beans and whole grains, which are inexpensive for families and school nutrition providers. The program is designed to involve families and community partners through classroom teaching, school meals, community dinners, gardens, and collaborative mural projects. Respect, tolerance, compassion and other values are reinforced in each lesson.

Food is Elementary has demonstrated remarkable success in improving the physical and mental health of children. Documented results from research-based studies include:

  • The development of preference for fruits, vegetables and whole foods over processed foods
  • Reduced Body Mass Index and improved general health within weeks of educational intervention
  • A welcomed introduction of plant-based entrees into school lunch programs
  • Parents choosing healthier foods due to the influence of their children
  • Dramatic improvement in the behavior, mind set and academic performance of troubled teens

Food is Elementary is being taught in 2,000 across the country. Here are some real-life stories:

School Food Reform, One No-Bake Tart at a Time, The Atlantic, June 24, 2010

Food For Life Engages Senses in Baltimore Students, Baltimore Volunteerism Examiner, June 2, 2010

Teaching Young Students to Enjoy Nutritious School Meals, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 8, 2010

Food Education in Action, T. Colin Campbell Foundation Interviews on Plant-based Nutrition

Notes from the Field: Food Is Elementary, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Pubic Health, Johns Hopkins University

The Lunchroom Chronicles: Can an irrepressible new Orleans chef put the food back into Baltimore school lunch? Urbanite Magazine, November 1, 2008