I did it all in DC. From this:
Ready for my first legislative meeting of the day!
Obviously I have a lot of blogging to catch up on! Headed into the West Virginia mountains tomorrow but will start catching ya’ll up on the latest happenings ASAP. Cheers!
Unexpected Influences: Reflections after one month on the road.
Read the article here:
I’m off to the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA with my trusty co-pilot Grizwald for a few days of bike racing, bike advocacy, bike testing, bike networking, bike love… You get the idea. I’m looking forward to spreading the word about the School Food Tour, connecting with my current sponsors (while searching for more) and chatting with like-minded cycling advocates. It’s going to be a fantastically action-packed weekend.
While I’m gone, here’s a few interesting school-food related articles to peruse:
Have a great week , everyone!
This is the first post in what will be a weekly series of suggestions to get involved with school food and cycling. I will be giving one simple (and fun!) idea for students, schools and families. Let the growing of change commence!
Theme of the Week: Educate yourself
- Introduce yourself to a kitchen staff member. Ask him or her what their favorite part of working in the cafeteria is. Share with your class.
- Take a family outing (bike ride, walk, scooter roll, etc.) in your neighborhood. Take note of pedestrian/bike friendly areas along with obstacles to traveling car-less. Are destinations such as stores or parks within a reasonable distance?
- Poll your students – what are their favorite cafeteria meals? Why?
Folks, remember: “Decide what to be and go be it.” -The Avett Brothers
Kate Adamick – Empowering and educating kitchen staff across the country. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Kate and she is fantastic!
The Daily Meal - The 50 most influential people in food.
Science Daily – Brand loyalty starts early.
Science Daily - Higher indoor temps associated with obesity.
- The Political Economy Research Institute released a case study of transportation infrastructure development in Baltimore. Their finding? Pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects create 4 to 5 more jobs per $1 million spent than road projects. Another reason to invest in bikes and active transport!
- A study by the Society of Actuaries published new figures estimating the cost of obesity and overweight. Their number: $300 BILLION.
- Marion Nestle has written a couple of great articles recently. See this Atlantic piece for a summary on the new school food nutritional standards and her blog post about front-of-package labeling and the dietary quality of supposedly ‘healthier’ kids products.
Also – on a side note: As I progress in planning the School Food Tour I find that I am acquiring exciting new skills that I did not anticipate learning. Such as how to create a website. Cool!