Food is medicine. A component of the Life Enhancement Forum, the Healthy Eating program promotes healthier food environments not just for the nutritional benefits but also for the behavioral and emotional benefits of a balanced, healthy diet. There is a strong body of research supporting the role of food in improving the negative symptoms of ADHD and autism, among other conditions. The notion that many disorders we have long considered to be connected to the mind and brain are in fact “whole body disorders” is increasingly relevant in both the understanding of these disorders and the approaches to treating them.
There is increasing evidence that gut health is intrinsically connected to mental health and the Healthy Eating Initiative sets the stage for lifelong habits of healthy, conscious food choices.
Through the Wellness in the Schools program, Healthy Eating inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. Wellness in the Schools is creating healthier environments for children to learn and grow in Charles R Drew K-8 Center and Key Biscayne K-8 Center.
Through meaningful public-private partnerships, we work with schools to provide healthy, from-scratch meals, active recess periods, and fitness and nutrition education. Our partnership approach drives systemic, long-term change, shifting the entire culture of schools.