One aspect of nutrition I find myself so passionate about is education. Can you blame me? Nutrition education is lacking so much in our schools it’s scary. It is so surprising that such useful information that children and young adults can take with them to improve their lives, fight diseases, and nourish their bodies, is overlooked and underused in their education. In high school I only received two weeks worth of information but it was not something I found useless at the time and we weren’t taught exactly the best information. This is actually more than I’ve heard most people received from their schools.
I am so passionate about improving nutritional education in schools because people should know what they’re eating and how it affects their bodies. Food is so much more than taste or even smell. Food is what keeps us alive, motivated. Food is our saving grace and nutrients, oh nutrients. They are so insanely important to keeping us alive and breathing and running correctly that it is amazing now that so many people don’t realize their significance.
I currently work at summer camp on Tuesdays teaching children ages 4-14 about nutrition and wellness. It’s exciting hearing that kids know so many fruits and vegetables and even say that they eat them regularly. However, many kids don’t know too many and also don’t know why we need them. For the younger kids, we focus on introducing nutritious foods as well as emphasizing “Always” foods that kids can always reach for and “Sometimes” foods that kids should only sometimes be eating. The older kids are a little more fun to work with because they have started asking me questions about sports nutrition and how our bodies absorb nutrients. However, my heart truly breaks in two when young kids ask me about dieting and losing weight. Let’s not focus on weight loss but rather health gains!
This led me to creating this blog! I have always wanted to educate and inform people about the correct nutrition information in easy ways to understand it all. Trust me, it gets real complicated real fast. I decided to start a small segment called Vegucate. Get it? Like educate but with the little veg in the front (short for veggies, short for vegetables) I truly amaze myself with these stupid puns. Vegucate will be all about tackling the issues that I have learned thus far in nutrition that are so important yet so many people may not know. Stay tuned for some of the awesome topics I will cover and if you have any requests or suggestions do not hesitate to let me know!