The 3-part FoodFight curriculum is designed to engage students in the larger national conversation about food. We believe that traditional nutrition education curriculum has not been successful in achieving lasting behavioral change because it has not addressed the nested relationship between the social, political, economic and emotional issues that impact the food system and food environment. It has also failed to address the realities of our students’ lives and experiences.
As long-time former teachers, we know that to be meaningful and transformative, it is crucial for curriculum to be dynamic, interactive and student centered. FoodFight lessons are designed to inspire students to challenge and change embedded behaviors and beliefs about food and its role in their lives.
Focused on media literacy and critical consumership, this section aims to deconstruct the students’ existing notions of food and consumer culture. This part exposes the mechanisms of advertising and branding and demonstrates how they shape our eating and buying habits. This will inform and inspire students to:
Students will learn basic nutrition facts and concepts.
Students will work in small groups to implement a social action plan around an issue concerning food politics and learn the basics of social advocacy and self-empowerment.
We want students to see themselves as powerful agents of change and as part of the vanguard of community activists who are engaged in the fight to reclaim our food system.