Healthy eating is a core pillar of wellness and overall wellbeing. It turns out that good nutrition requires more than just the ability to afford fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean protein.
A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that culture, as well as wealth, contributes to healthy eating. Intergenerational culture can cause poor food choices to persist even as individuals become more affluent. We need to find a way to create a culture of healthy eating.
Schools are uniquely positioned to move the needle toward healthier nutrition by embracing their role as a cultural hub for students and families. School leaders should conceptualize a mission beyond academic excellence and embrace the school's roll as a change agent for improved wellbeing. Private schools that face flat or declining enrollment can adopt a focus on overall wellbeing as a differentiator to make their institution stand out in the crowd. Food service vendors like SAGE Dining Services can also be a great partner for improving nutrition awareness in schools.
California Wellbeing Institute's sister firm, Tew & Associates, works with schools to improve financial sustainability and build enrollment. We also team with client schools to create comprehensive wellbeing programs and curriculum supplements that can be embedded within existing courses and competitively position a school's brand as the local "Wellbeing School."
The good news is that shifting to a culture of healthy eating can create multi-generational benefits and community wellness that thrives beyond economic ups and downs.