Healthy habits start young, and eating better helps students do better in the classroom now, and succeed in the future. But according to research from the Tisch Center at Columbia University, 44% of New York City public schools lack programming lessons on nutrition education.
That’s why Council Member Mark Treyger and I introduced legislation that would require the Department of Education to collect data and report on what students are being taught about food and nutrition.
We need more data so that parents, students, educators, advocates, and policy makers can craft curricula and make sure all students are getting the food and nutrition education they need. The Council Committee on Education held a hearing on the bill last month and it’s up for a vote by the full council this month.