"I am very happy to endorse the Food for Life program that has been initiated in Baltimore by yourself and others interested in the physical well being of our young people This is a program that has a very positive message and makes a healthy lifestyle something children would desire rather than something that would have to be forces upon them. This type of program needs to be spread through our entire school system and the United States, and this is a very good start. The importance of nutrition in preventing many chronic diseases like diabetes cannot be overemphasized and is not frequently addressed by the medical or educational community. I commend you on this program and wish you ongoing success and, hopefully, you will be able to achieve the financial support necessary to make the program grow in Baltimore."
—Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Professor of Neurological Surgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery, and Pediatrics
"This unique program, created by Dr. Demas, has the potential of changing the health destiny of an entire generation of children. I've seen nothing like this in my 32 years as a pediatrician."
—Charles R. Attwood, M.D., Pediatrician, author of Dr. Attwood's Low-Fat Prescription for Kids
"We desperately need this varied program to steer children away from the death-dealing American diet high in meats, dairy fats, and other unsaturated fats toward whole grains, vegetables, beans, and fruits."
—Benjamin Spock, M.D., Pediatrician, author of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care
"Only by starting young people off on a path of healthy eating will we ultimately cut the cost of health care in the United States. Antonia's work is an example of disease prevention at its best, and is an example of how education can effectively deal with real life issues even at an early age."
—Harvey Zarren, M.D. F.A.C.C., Medical Director, Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation, The Union Hospital North Shore Medical Center, Lynn, Massachusetts
"Heart disease begins in childhood. I admire the work of Dr. Antonia Demas, who is a pioneer in improving the nutrition of children."
—Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute Author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease
"Exciting our children about learning, encouraging youth to understand their world - and to change it for the better - this is what Antonia Demas, Ph.D. does so well. Her innovative program, "Food is Elementary", uses creative examples to teach practical, empowering lessons - about food, about people, about life… I recommend Dr. Demas' work most highly."
—Michael Klaper, M.D., Institute of Nutrition Education and Research, Makawao, Hawaii
"American children are being pressured in countless ways to eat diets loaded with processed foods, loaded with fat, sugar, and salt. That's a prescription for increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Antonia has developed an important, creative, and delicious approach to encouraging kids to eat diets that will promote their health over the long run."
—Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, D.C.
"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."
—Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Head, Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, Dept. of General Surgery The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
"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 not only prepares food as an art, but also teaches very young children about food with a passion that is heart-warming and incredibly effective. Her curriculum ought to be in every school in the country."
—T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Nutrition and Biochemistry, Cornell University Co-author of the Cornell/Oxford/Bejing China Study on Diet and Cancer
"Ethical issues concerning food choice must be addressed on a curricular level in public schools if we are to encourage responsible behavior towards our environment and health. Dr. Demas' curriculum provides children with the intellectual skills they need to think about the ethical implications of the daily act of eating. It is vital to society that children are educated in this manner."
—Neal Barnard, M.D., President, Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine