The National Gardening Association Announces New Book, Nourishing Choices, Available Sept. 1, 2008

By National Gardening Association Editors


Nourishing Choices: Implementing Food Education in Classrooms, Cafeterias, and Schoolyards by Eve Pranis. Published by The National Gardening Association.
88 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-915873-51-7
Library of Congress Control Number: 2008930319

Drawing on a wealth of collective experience, Nourishing Choices offers a roadmap for developing a food education program and exciting children about healthful eating. It features details on ensuring sustainability and profiles of winning school- and district-based initiatives. Here's what educators and health professionals have to say about Nourishing Choices:

"Teachers, health educators, parents and nutritionists want to improve the quality of school food, but we are often short on time, energy and resources. We need a comprehensive 'how-to' guide, with proven success stories that can be replicated nationwide. This is it!" -- Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., L.D., Food Sleuth? Columnist & Nutrition Communications Consultant

"In this book, the inspiring and illuminating stories of thriving programs reveal that combining complex concepts - food systems, sustainability and conservation, and community and cultural awareness - can engage children and help them see that health extends beyond their own bodies. Exposure to farms, hands-on gardening, and cooking all serve as introductions to systems thinking, giving children a real and holistic involvement with learning environments that integrate the sciences and humanities." -- Joel E. Kimmons and Terry O'Toole, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity and Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"Nourishing Choices is an inspiring and practical guide for anyone interested in making positive changes in school food offerings from cafeteria to vending machines. It is a wonderful and greatly needed resource! A must read for administrators, teachers, school nurses, food service staff, and parents working to promote school wellness." -- Karrie Kalich, Ph.D., R.D., Early Sprouts: Gardening and Nutrition Experiences for the Young Child Program

The National Gardening Association (NGA) promotes home, school, and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. NGA develops and publishes its own curricula and gardening guides for teachers and youth leaders, and publishes the works of others in the field of education and youth gardening. For more information about NGA's programs and publications, please visit or

Contact: Rose Getch, National Gardening Association, (802) 863-5251, ext. 129, e-mail:

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