What if you had 6 million seeds that could save the world? What if the seeds held mind-blowing genius yet they were ignored? In this case, the seeds are students educated in the environment, diet, and sustainability. The time has come to disrupt how we reach and teach the next generation. It’s time to grow our 6 million seeds.
Each week hosts Meryl Fury M.S., R.N., and Carrie Bruno, PharmD and Dip for ACLM are bringing the latest and greatest from the world of environmentalism and sustainability. They’re breaking down misconceptions and providing resources to grow and nourish the next generation of minds.
In Episode 1, we discuss acting as a positive influence for the children in our lives by breaking through multi-generational health conditions. Our mission is to emphasize the importance of sustainable agriculture, food, nutrition, the environment, and its connection to health. And our kids are key to the disruption.
6 Million SEEDS™
A little bit about our name ‘6 Million Seeds’ itself. Seeds is an acronym:
- Educated in
- Diet and
Why “6 Million”? 6 refers to the six plant food groups:
- Whole grains
Imagine you have 6 million seeds. Imagine what kind of a difference that would make if those seeds were well watered and well rooted – how much they would grow, how much they would produce. Now imagine those six million seeds are six million children, and how much or how powerful they would be if they were educated in nutrition and ate healthy food from the start.
Kids See Everything
We’ve been doing a fair amount of study on this, and of course we were kids at one point. So we have a little inside information! Here’s a big secrey: Kids are heavily influenced by the adults around them – whether we know it or not.
Parents, of course, are a major influence on what the children eat as far as portion size, food choices, texture choices, flavor profiles, and how much water they drink. Parents model for children all the time, even when we think the kids are not watching.
Healthcare providers also have a significant influence because every time the child goes into the doctor’s office, they have a little conversation about the growth and development of the child; they have an opportunity at that point to suggest what the child should be eating. It doesn’t often happen, or they might say, “oh stay away from sweets” or “make sure you’re getting enough dairy.” Healthcare professionals could have a lot more to say about healthy food for kids.
Educators also play a major role. Most kids are in school with a teacher for at least five hours a day, and if the teacher is sitting at their desk, drinking Red Bull or eating Cheetos and crackers, that’s what the child learns. That is a learning environment, and the child is absorbing everything that happens in the environment – whether we think the child is or not.
We want to empower people to make those changes and realize that they don’t have to suffer and be on medications their whole life. If they want to make a change, they have that power, and they can do it. The way you eat and your lifestyle choices can determine whether or not you actually get genetic conditions; you might be predisposed to some of them to a degree, but you don’t have to end up like your parents and grandparents. Disrupt this cycle so kids don’t have to keep living this groundhog-day nightmare.