Fresh Voices for Fresh Choices

December 05, 2008

by Leena Trivedi-Grenier, HSC social media intern

I am working on a project with Healthy Schools Campaign called “Fresh Voices for Fresh Choices.” The goal is simple. In 2009, the Child Nutrition Act is up for reauthorization, and this act has the potential to create a future for school food in which fresh, healthy meals are the norm. It can also bring more resources to nutrition education and school wellness policies.

We’d like all children to have the opportunity to eat good, healthy food at school – but we need your help to make that happen!

We are presenting a petition to president-elect Obama in Jan. 2009, asking him to make a healthy reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act a priority for his administration.  We’d like everyone who cares about children's health – and about food! – to sign the petition.

To spread the word,  we are contacting bloggers from different genres and asking them all to post blogs relating to school lunches (their most vivid school lunch memories, a healthy school lunch idea, what they pack for their kids. . . ), and have each one link to our petition so that regular blog readers can take action on this important issue.

FreshnessThe blogging event, which takes place on December 10, 2008, is called Fresh Voices for Fresh Choices — because Healthy Schools Campaign is looking for new people to help speak up about the importance of healthy school food.

Would you like to participate?

If so,  just create a blog post about healthy school lunches and plan to post it on Dec. 10. (Be sure to include a link to the petition — http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/getinvolved/action/childnutrition/action.php)

Then, send a quick email to leena@healthyschoolscampaign.org. (I can send you images, badges and specific petition text if you’d like!) We’ll link back to you in our Fresh Voices for Fresh Choices blog roundup the next day.

Together, we can spread the word about healthier school lunches for children across the country.

Don’t want to create a blog post? We have badges you can post on your website to remind people to sign the petition. If you have other ideas for spreading the word, let me know! Even simply posting a link to the petition in your Twitter update could bring us one step closer to a healthier school lunch program for  our nation’s schoolchildren.