Bicycle + school lunch = School Food Tour

My bike is nothing special. In fact, I think I look a bit goofy on it — sitting upright like Mary Poppins, a basket at the front invariably filled with the flotsam and jetsam of my life. Still, I ride it everyday and find just being on it makes me happy — the wind on my face, the glide of the wheels, the ease with which it allows me to get around in this incredibly congested city.

So you can imagine my delight in discovering Sara Salo, a young woman with a passion for cycling and improving school food. Salo’s soon-to-be-launched School Food Tour is a 6,000-mile cross country bicycle trip starting in Oregon, winding its way south and east, then ending next spring in Wisconsin. She’ll be hauling classroom materials (as well as camping gear) and plans to stop in cities and towns across the U.S. to talk to kids, parents and teachers about how they can get involved in making school meals healthier and incorporate exercise into their daily lives.

Salo is a longtime cyclist who studied public health in university, discovering a passion for empowering kids to improve their health. She’ll be teaching and brainstorming with young people and school groups, generating ideas for how to make small changes that can add up to big ones, as well as compiling a comprehensive summary from what she learns about kids’ attitudes toward school food. She hopes her tour will act as a catalyst to get children and young people to see what they can do to improve their health and school food. She’s already been named one of Jamie Oliver’s  Food Revolution Heroes. Here’s hoping there are more accolades (and attention to school food reform!) to come.

I’ll definitely be following the Tour—Happy Trails, Sara!

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