Slow Food Charleston, Whole Foods team up to discuss childhood obesity

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Slow Food Charleston, the local chapter of the international non-profit by the same name, was at the Whole Foods in Mt. Pleasant Tuesday to raise awareness about childhood obesity. 

"It's something that starts with school lunches," said chapter president Carole Addlestone. "By urging congress to review nutritional standards, we give hope to our children, our future."

Childhood obesity, at rates higher than 20 percent in South Carolina according to the Centers for Disease Control, has become closely linked to food consumption while at school.  Slow Food Charleston points to a lack of review in nutritional standards in school foods in a time when sedentary lifestyles amongst school-aged children have been on the rise. 

"We have a petition that we will be sending [to Congress] to put the pressure on them [Congress] to show them that this is a real issue," said Addlestone.

It's a real issue at a real time.  First introduced in 1966, the Childhood Nutrition Act aimed to regulate nutritional value in school meals.  The legislation is up for federal review in 2010.

"This is about education," said Whole Foods representative Pam Fischette. "It's know that healthy foods can lead to a healthier life." 

In support, Whole Foods donated 5 percent of the day's profit to the Slow Food program. 

"We're appreciative for whatever we get," said Addlestone. "The money will be used for education purposes and for awareness.  We want the government to take our requests seriously."

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