Health and Education

Health and Education

Obesity rates in America are at crisis levels. Numerous sources have indicated that more than two-thirds of American adults and nearly one-third of American children are overweight or obese.1 If we do not reverse the trend, the next generation of Americans may have a shorter lifespan than their parents.2

Government, non-profits, foundations and families are scrambling to figure out ways to make healthful food more accessible and to teach Americans to seek out and appreciate fresh, nutritious meals. A key part of that battle is educating children about what they are eating and where their food comes from. As a recent study showed, children who learn about food in school gardens, the classroom, and the cafeteria show an increased knowledge of nutrition, a preference for leafy greens, a positive attitude about healthy school lunch, and a firm grasp on how food affects the environment.3

At the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, we believe that eating a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed foods tastes better – and is better for you. Through grants to partners such as those previously supported by Chipotle, including Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, the Lunch Box, and Veggie U, we will help to educate Americans about the pleasures and benefits of eating well.

1. Levi, Jeffrey, et. al. “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. July 2011. http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2011/Obesity2011Report.pdf

2. Olshansky, S. Jay, et. al. “A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century.” N Engl J Med; 352: 1138-1145. March 17, 2005.

3. Atkins, Robert and Veronica. “An Evaluation of the School Lunch Initiative.” The Chez Panisse Foundation. September 2010. http://www.schoollunchinitiative.org/downloads/sli_eval_full_report_2010.pdf