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Can your child eat the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables for 5 days in a row? Ask your PTA to partner with RFKM in the 5 for 5 Challenge!
Challenge students and their families at your school to see if they can eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day for a school week for a $5/serving sponsorship. Invite family and friends to sponsor servings, and help meet your healthy eating goal! Each participant will have their own custom online fundraising page, which they can update with blog entries on their experience and send to friends and family to make a tax-deductible donation to split between your PTA and RFKM.
Sick of selling candy bars, magazines and wrapping paper to raise funds? How about local, healthy farm foods?
Fundraisers can be healthy! With Farmraiser, kids get the opportunity to sell local, healthy farm products via a custom online market. Raise money for your school or organization, promote healthy food, and support local farms and businesses. We want our kids to be healthy - their fundraisers should be too. Use the code RFKM25 to get $25 in matching funds to start your campaign.
Featuring RFKM Intern Beverly Uzoma
Beverly Uzoma is a Fundraising and Development Intern at
RFKM. She shares with us her experience with the food in MCPS.
Chevy Chase ES Wins Most Improved
On May 29, RFKM awarded Chevy Chase Elementary
School (CCES) the 2014-2015 Most Improved School Food Award
for their exceptional emphasis on school nutrition. Last
year, CCES created a formal wellness committee, which has
been the driving force behind many of the nutrition-related
changes that have been made.This year,
instituted RFKM’s Healthier Party Plan, which incorporated
healthy snacks and water into school parties and
discouraged soda and foods with artificial colors. CCES has
also provided teachers with RFKM’s flyer with alternative
options to rewarding children with food in class. The
wellness committee at CCES replaced cafeteria a la carte
foods containing artificial food dyes and too much sugar
with healthier items containing high fiber and whole
The Power of Poop
Know anyone with weight problems, food allergies, auto-immune disease, gastrointestinal issues, ADHD, diabetes, autism, Parkinson’s, dementia, depression or anxiety?
If you don’t, you must be living under a rock. If you
do, I can’t recommend the book
"Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your
Brain for Life" by David Perlmutter highly
enough. If you missed my review of the Martin Blaser’s book
“Missing Microbes” you might want to start there then come back
to this review. Perlmutter’s book updates the research on mice,
obesity and type 2 diabetes mentioned by Blaser to the most recent
research out of the Netherlands showing that a replacement of the
gut microbiota through
fecal microbiota transfer (FMT) (aka poop transplants) in
individuals with type 2 diabetes with the microbiota from lean,
non-diabetic individuals, led to greater insulin sensitivity (which
no current medication does successfully). This may be due in part to
the fact that overweight individuals have been shown to have a much
greater proportion of bacteria from the phylum Firmicutes than
Bacteroidetes in their gut, and the former digest more dietary
fibres than the latter, essentially extracting more calories from
food. Perlmutter, a neurologist, who is also the author or “Grain
Brain”, also connects the destruction of the gut microbiome through
C-sections, lack of breastfeeding, antibiotics and poor diet to many
neurological conditions, including auto-immune diseases like MS,
ADHD, ALS, Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety and dementia. Apparently
the gut microbiome’s role in inflammation and inflammation’s role in
many other conditions is at the root of many of these diseases.
While research in these areas is in its infancy, what
impressed me the most about Perlmutter’s book was his willingness to
help people start healing themselves by revealing what few have
heard about at this point: probiotic enemas (might as well send the
bacteria straight to the source), FMT, and eating fermented foods,
cured foods and prebiotic foods. He documents a case he has
personally seen of a parent appearing to cure her child of autism
through home-done FMT (see
thepowerofpoop.com for more information on that). He documents
another case of a child whose symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome
virtually disappeared after treatment with probiotic enemas.
While FMT in the U.S. is only permitted for recurrent C. Difficile infections, in other countries such as the U.K., it is being used to treat many other conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis. And home-done FMT is becoming much more popular, with multiple do-it-yourself instruction sites popping up on the internet. Due to the obvious ick factor, this mostly appeals to people with potentially life-threatening conditions like ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease. The toughest part is often finding a good donor. That’s why I’d encourage any of you in great health with a good diet to consider adding yourself to the donor registry, and then pick up a copy of Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life.
RFKM's Co-Founders Given Azalea Award
May 22, 2015. On Sunday, May 17, the Takoma Foundation
Devitt and Lindsey Parsons, RFKM's co-founders, the Azalea Award for
Tweets by @RealFoodMCPS MCPS to Remove Chemicals from School Food
October 15, 2014. Real Food for Kids – Montgomery (RFKM) is
pleased to announce that after over a year of advocacy work with the
Montgomery County Public Schools on the topic of food dyes and other
chemical food additives, MCPS Director of Food and Nutrition
Services Marla Caplon has announced that from now on, a number of
dangerous additives will be prohibited from bids for food served in
its cafeterias. We are very thankful to MCPS and Ms. Caplon for
hearing and acting on parent concerns.
The list includes a number of artificial food dyes (Blue 2, Green 3,
Red 3, Yellow 5 and 6); artificial sweeteners aspartame,
acesulfame-potassium and saccharin; trans fat; lean finely textured
beef (AKA pink slime); MSG; BHA and TBHQ. These chemicals were all
identified as potentially harmful by scientists for Center for
Science in the Public Interest, who worked with RFKM to develop a
target list. RFKM members (who now number over 3500) have expressed
concern about these chemicals due to studies linking them to ADHD,
cancer and other adverse effects. While many parents keep their
children from consuming these chemicals by avoiding school food, 34%
of children in MCPS qualify for free and reduced priced meals and
may eat up to three times a day at school. Children who are
sensitive to these substances may suffer from hyperactivity after
consuming them, which impacts the classroom environment and should
therefore be of concern to all MCPS parents.