Dana Woldow

Dana Woldow advocates for policies, including soda taxes and better school meals, to improve the health of all children through better nutrition and education. She has been a leader in improving school food in San Francisco since 2002, when she formed a school nutrition group to run a pilot removing junk food from SFUSD's Aptos Middle School, where her children were students; the pilot was expanded to all of the city's public middle and high schools in 2003. She served as co-chair of the SFUSD Student Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee from October 2003 to June 2011.

Articles by Dana Woldow


Should Schools Dump Hot Dogs?

Posted November 3, 2015 by

Hot dogs, pepperoni and other processed meats are back in the news again as the World Health Organization issued a report linking consumption of these school lunch staples to increased risk of cancer. The study by WHO’s International Agency for
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School Lunch Foes Favor Anecdotes Over Evidence

Posted October 19, 2015 by

Media stories about school lunch usually appear in August, along with the Back to School ads, but this year those articles are still a regular occurrence, even as Halloween rapidly approaches. That’s probably because, although the federal legislation covering all
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The Truth About School Lunch Programs

Posted September 28, 2015 by

(Editor’s Note: On September 27, the NY Times published a misguided and inaccurate attack on the federal law designed to improve the health of student lunches (“Why Students Hate School Lunches“) Dana Woldow addressed some of these mistruths back on
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Signs Matter For Students’ Health

Posted September 16, 2015 by

Can elementary school cafeterias help students choose healthier lunches? Signs point to yes. That is, signs with easy to understand graphics can help even beginning readers learn what they should put on their lunch tray. Encouragement from cafeteria workers can
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SF Schools’ Meal Meltdown

Posted August 26, 2015 by

It’s déjà vu all over again, as SF public schools have been left waiting – and waiting – for their cafeteria meal deliveries, beginning the first day of this new school year. That’s exactly what happened at the start of
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Mom Bloggers to the Rescue

Posted August 20, 2015 by

What do Monsanto, the Corn Refiners Association, and the School Nutrition Association all have in common? As The Lunch Tray blogger Bettina Elias Siegel explains, in an article that first appeared on Civil Eats, all three groups have enlisted the
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