Action: Teachers

Curriculum

The FoodFight in the Classroom Curriculum is a standards aligned, semester long program designed to expose 8th – 12th graders to the forces that shape our food culture and directly impact the food system.  Although it is designed to be taught every day, it can also be used as an elective course – taught two to three times per week. 

This section includes classwork, homework and reading materials that coincide with the FoodFight in the Classroom Curriculum.  The video links recreate the materials originally included in the FoodFight DVD.

AT&T Commercial,  
Gatorade Commercial,  
Health In America,
IPod Commercial,   
McDonald's Commercial,   
McDonald's Commercial (LeBron),   
Reese's Puffs Commercial,  
Target Commercial,   
Wealth Inequality

Getting Organized 

Getting Started and Setting Goals: It is important to remember that there is no one “correct” way to get started.  Some schools like to start with a wellness committee.  Others need more time to get like-minded adults working together on a program.  Don’t get mired in building a minutely detailed battle plan and don’t get overwhelmed by trying to change everything at once. Pick a goal and move forward.  Remember, despite what the industrial food companies want us to believe making small changes to the food we eat (decreasing processed food, sugar sweetened beverage and increasing fruits and vegetables and water) has the biggest bang for the buck in improving wellness outcomes.  Go for the long hanging fruit and jump in.

Healthy Snack and Celebration Policy  

Once a school has made a commitment to making better food choices, it is important to be consistent throughout the culture of the school. A healthy snack and celebration policy provides advice and guidelines for promoting healthier choices and helps teachers and parents adhere to the new rules. This is not about "killing the cupcake". Cupcakes have their place in the world. However, the school community is a large one. If every birthday and special event is celebrated with cake and sweets the health of the student body begins to suffer. 

Pushback, What to Expect 

At some point in your food education journey, you will encounter people who do not believe or understand the critical importance of food literacy education being a part of children's schooling. Some people are afraid of asking schools to take on more responsibility. Others believe food is a personal choice and should be left for parents to decide and still others are skeptical that education can make a difference. We believe that education = power, but you should expect some bumps in the road. These are strategies to help you prepare and manage the rough spots in your school's wellness journey.

Community Partner Letter

Use this template to reach out to members of your local community who might be interested in providing resources to your school.  Be creative and think broadly about who can help: Might a local gym provide discounts to teachers, a grocery store sponsor fruits and vegetables for special events, a medical practice do wellness screenings or conduct a assembly or parent event? 

Food Literacy Poster Campaign 

The FoodFight food literacy poster campaign is an excellent way to communicate to the entire school that your community is committed to changing the way people eat and think about food. If budget allows, get the posters blown up and laminated. See if you can find a local printer who will sponsor the effort. Regardless, make copies and post them on every floor in your school – primarily in high traffic areas.

School-wide Food Based Challenges

Wellness challenges are a great way to unite all the members of your school community around the common goal of improving the school food environment.  Most of the ideas can be easily tailored to meet the needs and interest of a K-12 audience and staff. Have fun and let your creativity run wild.  If these don’t appeal, there are tons of ideas on-line as well.