Thank you to all who commented on Part One of this series by sharing your thoughts on your three most pressing concerns surrounding the state of our collective nutritional health. As touched upon in previous posts, here are my top three concerns:
1. Ignorance disempowers
The entire premise behind “Project Lunchbox: Let’s Eat!” is to teach families about the undeniable link between healthy eating and positive school performance. To that end, I am committed to instilling in students an appreciation for where food comes from and an understanding of how to read ingredient and nutrition labels, and lastly a recognition of the degree to which the processed food industry dominates American culture. I stand strong in the conviction that nutritional education should be an integral part of each student’s academic experience, beginning in kindergarten and continuing throughout one’s lifetime. The science behind the food we eat, the nutritional benefits and detriments of what we ingest, and the countless additives that manufacturers put in food and beverages are in complex, constant, and evolving motion. The impact that education has on a person is unquantifiable, thereby putting the necessity of mandatory, in-depth nutritional education at the top of my list of concerns. If I had unlimited resources, time, and money, it’s the first thing that I would take immediate action on in order to improve the collective health of our global society.
2. Indifference disengages
I feel with every fiber of my being that each individual has the moral obligation to not only live productively in the world, but also to change the world. One person cannot do it all. Nevertheless, each person must do something. The belief that an individual does not possess the power, time, or talent to affect noteworthy change is a fallacy. Each time you demand to know exactly what you are eating, you petition for your local grocer to stock healthier versions of your favorite foods and beverages, you leave a comment on a legislative website in response to nutritional laws, or question the nutritional norm, you undoubtedly cause at least one other person to question why they themselves haven’t taken such action yet. Then you inspire them to take the first step. They’ll probably never tell you the effect that you had on them, but then again, you probably never told anybody about the effect another person had on you. The chain-reaction of change carries onward.
3. Detachment deceives
There is an unequal distribution of resources in our society. This grim fact is evident in our media and our politics. World hunger plagues some, the obesity epidemic scars others. It’s one of the ultimate paradoxes of our time: while some people are starving to death, others are literally killing themselves by overeating. I’d be willing to venture that the majority of the general public innately recognizes this dilemma. However, it appears as though the majority of the general public is in denial, as their acknowledgment of these challenges is lacking to some degree. Turning a blind eye to the health problems one area of the world is grappling with does not enable us to grapple with our own in a manner that is any more efficient or productive. Although we all face the same challenges (unequal distribution of resources) these conflicts present themselves in different forms depending upon the area of the world that you reside. It is only with this understanding that the clarity of expression and the voice of reason will join together to be stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks for our global food system.
As always, I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter…
Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,