Chicago Charter School Focuses on Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
U.S. Department of Agriculture August 21, 2014
Ten years ago, I founded Namaste Charter School on Chicago’s Southwest side with the goal of combining rigorous academics with a commitment to health and wellness in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods.
When I started, people said, “But kids won’t eat that!” about the healthy food options I proposed serving. I’m here to share that when you teach kids why eating fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, and whole grains is the best thing for their bodies, they really buy in. And when kids are burning energy with recess and brain breaks throughout the day, they have a healthy appetite when they sit down for lunch in the cafeteria—especially for tasty, freshly-prepared meals.