FoodCorps seeks to drive systemic change in how schools educate our children about food, so as to nurture a nation of healthy children and address the causes of childhood obesity. FoodCorps’ program strategy is built on two broadly held conclusions of existing research. First, that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption is a foundational step toward reducing rates of obesity and diet-related disease (United States Department of Agriculture [USDA], 2015). Second, food and nutrition education programs with multiple, mutually reinforcing components and an environment-wide purview achieve a greater impact on children’s health than single-component nutrition interventions (Seo et al., 2010). In program year 2018-2019, 12 full-time FoodCorps AmeriCorps members will each complete 1,700 hours over 11.5 months in communities across Maine. Members will serve deeply in one to two limited-resource schools implementing interventions across three evidence based program areas that get kids eating healthy: hands-on learning, healthy school meals, and schoolwide culture of health.
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