The Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition is dedicated to making healthy eating and physical activity popular and accessible to Lexington tweens in their homes, schools and communities.
Better Bites brings healthy food to the places where youth convene: recreational facilities, sports events, after school programs, school concessions, camps and restaurants. We’ve even got a Better Bites bike so we can bring more healthy food to more people in more places. Our goal is that all places that serve food to Lexington youth will feature healthy options.
Fresh Stop Markets
Fresh Stop Markets ignite community power for fresh food access by joining local farmers and community members in a cooperative economy through a grassroots organizing approach. Believing that communities have the inner potential to facilitate the emergence of justice in their own lives, Tweens serves as a catalyst to facilitate the emergence of pop up bi-weekly farm-fresh food markets in various neighborhood locations that provide shares of fresh, local produce on a sliding fee scale.
Fresh Stop Markets are radically different from CSA’s and farmer’s markets in their community empowerment approach. They are led by people who are most impacted by food apartheid. People whose daily lives are impacted by preventable diseases that are improved by access to fresh fruits and vegetables come together to improve the quality of their own lives, the lives of their families and the lives of their community members. People whose socioeconomic status means they must make tough choices about what they need and what they have access to are able to build a cooperative economic system with their family, friends and community that allows them all to have access to the fresh food they deserve. One of the most powerful and enduring things that Fresh Stop Markets are a catalyst for is that fact that community members facing food violence are able to find collective liberation from food and economic systems that have a disproportionately negative impact on the most vulnerable among us.
School Wellness Action Plan
The Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition leads a SWAP (School Wellness Action Plan) Team to support schools in putting their wellness plans into action consistently. The SWAP Team has representatives from Fayette County Schools administration, principals, teachers, PTA, University of KY College of Education, the YMCA, The Good Foods Co-op, the American Heart Association, Cooperative Extension, the Health Department, and parents. We are promoting three district-wide policies for Fayette County Public Schools. They are:
- End the use of food as reward.
- Require daily recess for all elementary students. (This means not taking away recess as punishment or to do remedial work and having an indoor recess strategy for inclement weather.)
- Include healthy food options at school celebrations.