Educate Yourself

We are never going to have a healthy generation of adults until we have a generation of healthy children.

Mark Bittman

Additional Information and Resources


Books, Talks, and Newsletters

Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, From Sustainable to Suicidal, Mark Bittman (and his Ted Talk, What’s wrong with what we eat”)

Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions, Michael Moss 

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, Michael Pollan

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan

Black Food, edited by Bryant Terry

The Edna Lewis Cookbook, Edna Lewis (and this podcast celebration

The Cookout Newsletter: news, recipes, restaurants, and conversations about everything Black food

Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook, José Andrés

Indigenous Foodways: food and policy articles by Civil Eats highlighting Native voices 

Filipinx: Heritage Recipes from the Diaspora, by Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan

Flavors of the Sun: Using Middle Eastern Ingredients, by Christine Sahadi Whelan

Rice: A Savor the South Cookbook, by Michael W. Twitty

Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic, by Margaret Gray

Chef Roy Choi and The Street Food Remix, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee


Physical Activity

CDC: Tips for Teachers: Promoting Healthy Eating & Physical Activity in the Classroom

CDC: Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs

Dept. of Health, Move Your Way: Tips for Parents: Are My Kids Getting Enough Physical Activity? 

Dept. of Health and Human Services: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth

Garage Gym Reviews: Family Fitness Ideas: Fun Workouts for All Ages


Information and Studies on Wellness

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation: 10 Ways to Strengthen Your Microbiome The Beginner’s Guide to Adopting a Vegetarian Diet 10 Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Well+Good: Why Racism, Food Systems, and Our Health Are Deeply Intertwined — And How We Can Start To Untangle Them (by Maya Feller)

Morrison Health: Why Vitamin D is So Important to Our Health


Information and Studies on Habits Forming in Childhood

American Psychological Association: ABCDE: Benefits of Good Nutrition and Daily Exercise for Kids

Child Encyclopedia: Child Nutrition & Developing Healthy Eating Habits

Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition

Pew Trusts: Healthy School Lunches Can Reduce Childhood Obesity and Diabetes

Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, & Policy at Columbia University (link to download the PDF)


Information and Studies on Obesity-Related Diseases 

CDC: Childhood Obesity Causes & Consequences

NHS: Obesity

OAC: Obesity & Related Conditions

Mayo Clinic: Childhood Obesity

Healthy Children: Chronic Conditions (overview)


Index of Obesity-Related Diseases


Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease

Chronic respiratory disease. including asthma 

High blood pressure