Forming part of Castelli International School’s Nutrition Project, we are proud to announce a visit by the internationally respected Dr. Antonia Demas who will be working with children, staff and parents to explore the importance of developing food literacy for life.

A real threat is facing many developed countries, and that threat is leading to a situation where this generation’s life expectancy has the potential to be lower than that of their parents.  Dr. Demas of the Food Studies Institute brings learning to life helping students understand about the relationship between diet and disease in a way that is fun, gives them practical skills such as cooking, and provides an understanding of how food and nutrients affect their minds and bodies.

This March, we are running special classes for the elementary school and inviting parents to participate in a lively parent conference.

Dr. Antonia Demas: Biography

Dr. Antonia Demas
Visiting Scholar, John Hopkins School of Public Health
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medecine, University of Illinois Medical College

Antonia Demas has taught food studies in a variety of educational settings to people of diverse ages, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds all of her life. After graduating from Godard College with a B.A. in Community Nutrition, she worked for 20 years in food education before completing a Ph.D. at Cornell University. In 1999, in cooperation with distinguished colleagues dedicated to the improvement of the long-term health and education of children, she founded the Food Studies Institute. Dr. Demas has received national recognition for her research in food studies. In 1994, her food education curriculum won national awards for the Most Creative Implementation of the Dietary Guidelines from the US Department of Agriculture and Excellence in Nutrition Education from the Society for Nutrition Education. In 1999, the curriculum was published as Food is Elementary©. Articles by Dr. Demas on the topic of achieving acceptance of healthy, low-fat, meals in schools have been published in New Century Nutrition and the American Journal of Cardiology among others. As a consultant and speaker, Dr. Demas works with schools, non-profit organizations, vegetarian societies, and corporations across the country. Television and radio appearances have included interviews with Charlie Rose on PBS TV in 1997 and on an NPR special, “Making Contact” in 1999. In addition to her work in food education, Antonia walks six miles each day and is a gourmet vegetarian chef.

Dr. Antonia Demas’s visit will include:

Thursday, March 6th:

Food Education classes for elementary students

Friday 7th March at 2:30pm

Parents’ Conference “Why We Need to Make Food Literacy an Educational Priority”

Caldwell B. Essestyn, Jr., M.D. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio: “Dr. Antonia Demas is a beacon of hope in the transition toward a more healthy diet for young Americans. Her unique research and continuing efforts at this transition have been recognized throughout this country and abroad”.

Dean Ornish, M.D. Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute: “Heart disease begins in childhood. I admire the work of Dr. Antonia Demas, who is a pioneer in improving the nutrition of children”.

T. Collin Cambell, Ph.D. Jacob Gould Schuman Professor of Nutrition and Biochemistry, Cornell University. Co-author of THE CHINA STUDY: “Of all the health activities to be pursued in this country, nothing can be more important than providing a good nutritional education for very young children. Antonia Demas teaches very young children about food with a passion that is heart-warming and incredibly effective”.

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