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Sustainable Food Pathway Objectives and Learning Outcomes

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  • To raise awareness about the importance of health, nutrition, and food education.
  • To understand the environmental impact of food miles.
  • To investigate links between the foods we eat and how we perform and behave.
  • To investigate the issues associated with different food choices (local vs. non-local, organic vs. conventional, whole vs. processed).
  • To understand the benefits of composting food waste rather than throwing it away.
  • To establish diverse opportunities that will enable departments, clubs, and individuals to achieve their goals while incorporating school food projects.
  • To establish partnerships with local, state, and national health, nutrition, and food experts and organizations, such as local food nutritionists, the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, the USDA’s Farm to School program, and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, all of which can help schools achieve their Sustainable Food pathway goals.


Learning Outcomes:

Through work with the Sustainable Food pathway, students will:

  • Discuss the importance of health and nutrition and discover the impacts food can have on the body.
  • Monitor their food choices, making healthier, smarter food decisions.
  • Create awareness campaigns about the importance of sustainable food, with a focus on 1) the health of students, staff and families and 2) the impacts of food choices on our community and environment.
  • Carry out audits related to health, nutrition, and food.
  • Suggest ways to make healthy and sustainable food a priority at both school and home.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret and communicate information related to healthy and sustainable food using a variety of media.
  • Communicate about the importance of healthy and sustainable food to a variety of audiences, including other students, staff, parents and the local community.
  • Work in a variety of settings and groups to accomplish these goals.

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