School Lunches (Mis)shaping a Nation

Lessons learned from Australian school canteens and the United States on what not to do - and how to change it?

Venue Novotel Brighton Beach, Cnr Grand Parade and Princess St, Brighton-Le-Sands


When Thursday October 16
Refreshments 6.30 - 7pm, Lecture 7 - 8.30pm

Joel Berg, Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

Dr Kieron Rooney, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders and Charles Perkins Centre.

Associate Professor Tim Gill, Sydney Medical School, Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders.


Have you ever sneaked a peek into someone else’s trolley at the supermarket – or into a child’s school lunch – and wondered why people buy and eat that stuff? Poor eating habits are frequently attributed to a supposed lack of virtuous behavior, but there are numerous policies and economic factors that entrap people in nutrient-poor diets that lead to adverse educational and health outcomes.

This talk draws on examples from the United States nutrition safety program for low-income Americans, as well as on Australian policies governing what foods are available to children in school canteens, and highlights key areas where you can make the most impact to help improve our food environment for everyone.