Eat REAL Virtual Volunteer Summer Internship Program

The launch of our Summer Virtual Volunteer Intern Program was an incredible success, furthering our community engagement and shaping our youth outreach program. 

Six interns joined us to create educational social media campaigns for their peers, inspired by the Eat REAL standards. Their projects highlighted the importance of eating real whether through incorporating more plant-based options into your diet, the importance of eating locally and sustainably, and understanding where your food comes from and how it is made. 

As they developed their projects, our interns attended workshops in the science of Eat REAL, Communications and Social Media, and Presentation Skill Building. They had weekly one on one meetings with our team and the opportunity to hear from guest presenters. 

Eat REAL’s Chief Pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, led them through the history of health and nutrition science and how eating whole fresh foods is key to a healthy immune system. His expertise in the field and captivating presentation was a highlight for the cohort. 

The cohort also had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Riva Robinson for a motivational lecture and discussion. You can read more about the experience here

On the final day of the program, each intern was given the opportunity to “pitch” their campaign to their peers and the Eat REAL team. We were blown away by the passion and learnings that were shared during each presentation. All of the interns left the cohort as strong peer educators and new leaders for the real food movement!

Make sure to head to our Instagram, @eatrealcertified to see their campaigns, and help us celebrate their hard work!

Happy #NationalNutritionMonth! Eating a real food diet packed with nutrients and high in fiber can reduce the body's inflammatory response and protect against processed food-related diseases. Nutrition is especially important this year as processed food-related comorbidities (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, etc.) are the leading cause of COVID-19 complications. Follow the link in our bio to learn more about how nutritious real foods can safeguard your health.

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The agriculture and food system in this country is rooted in racial inequity – from Anglo-Americans stealing land from indigenous communities and using enslaved people to tend the land to current-day discriminatory policies and structural racism that limit economic opportunity and real food access for BIPOC communities.

The food justice movement fights to dismantle the structural racism in our food system so that people of color have equal access to healthful, real foods. Eat REAL works with schools that have high percentages of free and reduced meal recipients to transform their foodservice programs so that meals are both nutritious and sustainable. Follow the link in our bio to learn more about food system inequality and Eat REAL's fight for food justice.

#FoodEquity #FeedingEquity #FoodJustice #FoodJusticeIsRacialJustice #EatREAL
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Join the Eat REAL movement today! Healthful school meals made of real food are vital to protecting the health of our children and the planet. Visit eatreal.org/support-eat-real to join the thousands of individuals supporting schools on their real food journeys.

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The new study from researchers at @ucriversideofficial underscores the vital need to feed kids healthful, real foods at school to protect their health during childhood and beyond. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.

#EatREAL #ChildNutrition #GutHealth #GutMicrobiome #UCRIverside
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