Green Technical Education and Employment employs youth over the summer to increase local access to healthy foods through use of an aquaponics system.
To many, egging on a rebellious teen would only cause trouble, but a new study is showing that their natural tendency for rebellion can be used positively. The study “Harnessing Adolescent Values to Motivate Healthier Eating”, by Christopher J. Bryan of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and David Yeager of the University of Texas, reveals that teens ate more healthy when it was framed to be an injustice of some sort.
The work was inspired in part by an anti-smoking campaign from the early 2000s called the Truth campaign. As you can see in their iconic TV ad from back then, this was the first time smoking was compellingly portrayed as the rebellious choice—instead of the healthy (and obedient) choice. “It is widely credited with reducing the appeal of smoking to teens,” Bryan said. “A second major source of inspiration was the book ‘Salt, Sugar, Fat’ by Michael Moss, which documents and explains many of the ways the food industry has been guilty of the sort of self-serving manipulative marketing Big Tobacco has been guilty of for decades.”
With a bit of a starting point, the researchers were able to determine they could use this idea with healthy eating. The study shows that when motivated in this fashion, teens showeda seven percent increase in choosing water over sugary drinks and an 11 percent increase in selecting a healthy snack instead of an unhealthy choice.
“The adolescent mind strives off of being independent and taking control of one’s actions under the assumption of doing the right thing,” said Rogelio Ramirez, 18, a third-year Civil Engineering student at the University of California, Davis. “Overall, giving adolescents the power to choose between options that are negative yet have underlying positive effects can ultimately change the outcome of any case given.”
This study appears to be a positive step in working towards better habits in terms of health related behavior. The study gives light to a new approach that could have long term effects and it has opened the gates for more research to uncover.
“We’re working now understanding the ways in which an intervention like this can possibly have a long-term effect on teens’ food and drink choices,” Bryan said. “For example, if we’re able to change the way teens think about the ubiquitous food ads they’re exposed to, might that turn those food ads from tempting enticements to eat junk food into reminders of the food industry’s manipulative tactics and thus boosters of our message? If so, this might be a way in which our intervention could have a lasting impact on diets and a meaningful impact on long-term health.”
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On Saturday, March 26th, Sacramento Charter High-School in alliance with Soil Born Farms hosted a event called Harvest Sacramento where organizations, local people and youth of all ages were encouraged to come and pair up into teams and head into the neighborhoods. The featuring neighborhoods were North Oak Park, Midtown, East Sacramento, and many more from all over Sacramento County.
Each group had a specific neighborhood to harvest from and carpooled to the many registered local homes. Then the owner of the property which the tree was on was able to decide whether they wanted to keep or donate all of their fruit from their overbearing trees to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services for those in need of fresh fruit.
Harvest Sacramento also gives anyone who participates take home boxes of different type of citrus like grapefruit, oranges, lemons and tangerines for their own selves, families, friends and or community centers. With the efforts of everyone who collaborated on this day during this recent event, they had reached the amount of a little more than 4,000 lbs of fruit.
“I’ve lead individual harvest groups and have participated in the picking its exciting,” said Melanie Weir, program participant. “Whenever I come out I always meet interesting and awesome people that are inspirational.”
There’s an increase in diabetes and obesity in California and all across the U.S. This video talks about the certain topics related to healthy foods for the citizens all over California and Sacramento.
Many low income communities, such as those in South Sacramento, do not have much access to healthy organic foods. Instead, they are given wide varieties of lucrative fast food industries to feed the needs of the growing citizens. These fast food locations even attempt to offer “healthy alternatives” that are “cheap solutions”. People in the community attempt to ease the difficulties of all these obstacles for the those in poverty only within Sacramento. In the Meadowview area, medium household incomes are about 15% lower than in the surrounding city. Some of the only places people can buy actual fresh foods is Smart and Final and Walgreen’s which both are approximately 1/8th of a mile from many households, also Bel Air and Food Source which are even farther away. Although in less than half a mile from many homes there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken, a Wendy’s, a TOGO’s Sandwiches conjoined with a Baskin Robins, and the notorious McDonald’s all within a fairly short distance of neighboring families looking for daily meals that is sufficient to their individually limited incomes. “I’ve been living in South Sacramento for more than 20 years,” says local 59yro citizen Don Matilda, “one thing that has significantly changed is how this city advertises the newest deals at fast foods restaurants in newspapers and on TV more than promoting local grocery outlets or farmer markets like back in the day.” This alone reflects how certain food industries are empowering themselves as a financial and physical reliable source for food to places in Sacramento that are enduring poverty.
Even still, there are many organizations who disburse community collaborations throughout the Sacramento region. They are working to deal with these institutional oppressors and are working to fix this economically endangering health risk. They promote local farmers markets where at low prices families can retrieve fresh produce and meats. Even with the organizations we have now, it is still necessary that these type of actions should also be attempting to reach aid out to the various communities that are not implementing these beneficial resolutions currently. More networking of people working in public government services to commonly provide more informational resources to families, adolescents and homeless people or youth struggling with the needs of getting healthy sustainable agricultural foods is needed in South Sacramento.
Students in school that have less than 20 minutes of lunchtime tend to eat less than students with more time to eat. In under 20 minutes they chose to eat less of the food given to them. The students also are more likely to not choose any of the fruits that go with their own meal. This was all said by Harvard researchers and reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
With a large obesity rate in the U.S. it would seem to most that eating less would be a good idea, but these lunches may just be the only healthy meal a student will have throughout their day. Experts say that when kids don’t eat enough to satisfy their hunger at lunchtime, it’s more likely for them to consume unhealthy foods later in the day.
“There has been a lot of attention given to the quality of the lunches over the past four or five years there have been big steps forward,” say Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “There hasn’t been many research on the length of time children have to eat their lunch.”
Rimm and his colleagues conducted a study on the eating habits of 1000 and multiple elementary and middle schools in a low income school district in Massachusetts. Each of the schools had a lunch period of 20 to 30 minutes. They analyzed what the students chose in their meals and how much of their meals they consumed.
Children with less than just 20 minutes ate 13 percent less of their meals, 12 percent less of their vegetables, and 10 percent less of their milk. Compared to students who had a 25 minute long lunch period.
Locally, administrators with the Sacramento City Unified School District are pushing for more healthy food options for students and increased food literacy across all grade levels.
Every Saturday morning, from 9am to 1pm, local vendors gather at the Oak Park Farmer’s Market to provide fresh produce to community members. This video capture’s the Market’s essence and atmosphere, as well as highlighting thoughts of local residents.