Despite Cookie Monster’s first love, even he knows and teaches the importance of healthy eating. Nutrition education needs to begin in elementary school and continue — and not just in health class and science units — argue scholars at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. They even question the claim by the corporate-backed School Nutrition Association that students are unwilling to eat healthier school lunchroom options. In their article Education Sets the Table for Healthy Eating in School, Pam Koch, Executive Director of the Tisch Center, and Renata Peralta, Doctoral Fellow at Columbia, address the need to educate children about eating healthier and the benefits of eating healthy.
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