In Defense of Food

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The In Defense of Food curriculum for middle-school aged students was developed by Kikim Media, the producers of the program, in partnership with the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Program in Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University.  It is designed to help adolescents develop something valuable: practical tools for healthier eating. Even though scientists know a lot about food and health, the messages that reach adolescents about healthy eating have become increasingly complex and contradictory. And at an age where they are gaining independence to make their own food choices, they are barraged with advertising that urges them to consume more and more highly processed food products—soda, chips, junk food and fast food—that can put their health at risk. In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in diet-related diseases among adolescents, such as type 2 diabetes. The IDOF Curriculum can do a lot to help. It helps students learn why it is important to eat healthfully, investigate how food companies influence their food choices, and create action plans for changing their eating habits. They become motivated to eat real food, and excited to share what they’ve learned with their family, friends, and community.

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