A community discussion Thursday night will stress the importance of fresh, healthy foods on learning and behavior.
The forum is being hosted by the local branch of It's About Kids, a small group of volunteers pursuing the education and mobilization of Summit County locals around children's issues. The group is a grassroots piece of the Colorado Children's Campaign - a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization focused on improving the quality of and expanding access to child health, K-12 education and early childhood experiences.
The presentation is "really about how the food we eat affects our behavior and ability to learn," It's About Kids member Sue Wilcox said.
Thursday's attendees will see a video about a school in the Midwest that had discipline problems but saw improvements after its school lunch changed. Summit School District director of food services Joel Hauswirth will be there to discuss the new federal guidelines for school lunches, and naturopathic doctor Jannine Walldan of the Summit Community Care Clinic will go over the impact of healthy diets and exercise on learning.