Obesity is taking North Carolina by storm

Obesity has taken North Carolina by storm. Over one-third of North Carolina youth ages 10-17 are overweight or obese. This ranks North Carolina as 11th highest in the nation for obese youth. When doing an advocacy project with Youth Empowered Solutions, I called a N.C. representative to educate them on the importance of policies that […]

Can you spell “kiwi”? Despite a host of challenges — from budget constraints to matching what kids like to eat — local schools feed thousands of kids every day. photos by Jonathan Welch

Out of the frying pan

The statistics are hard to ignore. In Buncombe County, 28 percent of kindergartners — and 39 percent of fifth-graders — are overweight. New U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines released this month propose the first major nutritional overhaul of school lunches in 15 years. Based on recommendations by the nonprofit Institute of Medicine, these guidelines would […]

Sometimes you get what you need: Christ School provides students like senior Addison Honeycutt with a variety of lunch choices, from made-on-the-spot omelets to sushi — and Steak Night. photos by Gabriel Dunsmith

Student counsel

Ask Christ School senior Addison Honeycutt, and he’ll tell you that healthy eating options abound at the private, all-male Episcopal school, citing the baskets of apples and extensive salad bar in the dining hall. And while most of his classmates live on the Arden campus, Honeycutt, a day student, can compare the meal offerings to […]