Chef Ann Cooper – Changing the Way We Feed Our Children

24 September 2011 by in 2011 TEDxBoulder Talks

Chef Ann Cooper is a celebrated author, chef, educator, and enduring advocate for better food for all children. Ann is Director of Food Services for the Boulder Valley School District. She is co-founder of Lunch Lessons LLC and the Food Family Farming Foundation(F3)’s Lunch Box Project: Healthy Tools for All schools. F3 is also the managing partner of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, working to donate 6,000 salad bars to schools by 2013. In a nation where children are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents because of diet-related illness, Ann is a relentless voice of reform by focusing on the links between food, family, farming and children’s health and wellness.

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7 Comments:

  1. Shannon Morri October 12, 2011 Reply

    Amazing! So passionate about feeding our children REAL food. What a concept! Would love to bring her ideas and passion into the School District I work for as I cringe over what I see students eat for lunch.

  2. Aileen Magnotto October 20, 2011 Reply

    I developed MagNoodles for the exact reasons Chef Ann talks about! You go girl! We have to value nutrition, place a higher value on real food, and realize the high cost of eating cheap food.

  3. Katie Taylor October 20, 2011 Reply

    In my high school, the only vegetables we had was a small salad made from non fresh shredded iceberg lettuce, a carrot, and a couple slices of cucumber… and we paid the $2.00 for that. Because of this, everyone out every day. In middle school everyone got Dominos pizza every day because it was the only option that tasted good!

  4. Mitra Adams April 24, 2012 Reply

    Chef Ann’s love for children and her intelligence come through on this video. Let’s get organic gardening into all of our preschools. The younger we can start children on growing and eating their own food, the better.

  5. Jennie Jones April 24, 2012 Reply

    I really enjoyed and was shocked at much of the information you provided at this seminar. I didn’t realize how many harzardous things are in the processed foods our children are eating in the school system.
    I also agree with your statement regarding the amount of time children are given to eat their meals. I have gone to my children’s school for lunch and it seems that they are throwing a few bites of food into there mouths as fast as they can just to be done and get outside for recess, and the ones that don’t hurry miss playtime or are rushed out by the teachers aids. And no adult ever sits down to enjoy a meal time with the children.
    Thank you for sharing all of that valuable information.

  6. K. Oliver April 25, 2012 Reply

    I want to begin by saying, “thank you!” You are extremely motivating and have great ideas for our schools. I love the idea that schools should grow their own gardens. Most students don’t know where food comes from and we do need to educate them. It is very sad that we are feeding our children to death. We need to stop. We need to take a stand. We need to do something.

  7. Rebecca April 30, 2012 Reply

    Wow, thank you!

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