Teaching Children Healthy Lifestyles that Last a Lifetime
Special to Informer | , Linda Moore | 7/12/2012, 2 p.m.
Our inherited desire for sweets and fats, for example, represents a particularly tough obstacle. And I worry about how my students continue to seek out the unhealthy options that surround them not only at home, but also in their community.
Amid the opulence of our nation's capital, some 18,000 District residents live in "food deserts." This term refers to areas in industrialized countries where healthy, affordable food is hard to obtain. Many students who attend our school do not live in our city's most vulnerable neighborhoods, where even grocery stores are few and far between. It is disgraceful that our children should want for such basic necessities.
We do not want the society forecast by the latest trends. Actions that we can take now can have a profound influence on the adult lives of those growing up today. My hope is that the next generation of adults uses the nutritional insights provided by modern science to live healthier, more productive, longer, and rewarding lives. I know that my students need this information. As adults, it is our responsibility to provide this better future to the next generation and position them to pass it on.
Linda Moore is both founder and executive director of the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. When she established the school in 1996, she named it in honor of her mother, who was an inspirational first-grade teacher in Arkansas for more than 30 years.