190. Revolutionizing the School Lunch System with Barbara Mechura

Be Well By Kelly

Jun 24 2022 • 1 hr 1 min

It’s no secret that school lunches have been in decline for decades. Chances are, the food you remember from school would give you nightmares if your child’s cafeteria served it in 2022. Yes, Michelle Obama did some good work in the space – and progress has been made. But as we learn today, there’s a lot of work left to do when we’re talking about truly healthy school lunches.

My guest today, Barbara Mechura, school nutrition director and holistic health coach, has dedicated her career to shifting this narrative toward scratch-made meals. We learn that, while it’s certainly more work, these mindfully prepared meals lead to a better outcome for everyone involved (students and staff).

It’s time we stopped taking the easy way out with pre-packaged convenience foods that create serious long-term problems for students’ health. Barbara shares how we can get involved in our school district’s food decisions, and that they probably need our help.

You will learn about...

  • Barbara’s background
  • Negative impact of processed school lunches
  • The work that goes into from-scratch school meals
  • What parents can do to help their school system
  • Tips for distracted eating
  • Focusing during mealtime


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