Praise For Our Programs

“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. June 10, 1995 Pediatrician, author of Dr. Attwood’s Low-Fat Prescription for Kids

“I am delighted to learn of the dramatic success of the Trumansburg experiment which showed that children will eat unfamiliar foods if they cook them in school and study their sources and properties. We desperately need a 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. July 26, 1995 Pediatrician, author of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care

“Antonia’s work helps children appreciate and respect people from other cultures all over the world and does so in a very appropriate, direct, and immediate manner. I think they will remember what they learn. By preparing and tasting the foods from other cultures, they, in a way, directly experience an aspect of those cultures.”

Robert Ascher, Ph.D. 1999 Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University

“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 ethical implications of the daily act of eating. It is vital to society that children are educated in this manner.”

Neal Barnard, M.D. 1999 President, Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

“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. 1999 Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Nutrition and Biochemistry, Cornell University Co-author of the Cornell/Oxford/Bejing China Study on Diet and Cancer

“Antonia is a superb teacher who masterfully works with teachers to implement her program and integrate a wide variety of disciplines. The curriculum is a creative example of education and nutrition at its best.”

Joän Roos Egner, Ph.D. 1999 Professor Emerita of Education, Cornell University

“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. 1999 Head, Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, Dept. of General Surgery The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

“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. 1999 Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, D.C.

“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. 1999 Institute of Nutrition Education and Research, Makawao, Hawaii

“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. 1999 Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute Author of Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

“The work of Antonia Demas with nutrition in schools is exactly what is needed to prevent the epidemic of atherosclerosis that is the cause of death of most Americans and that is using up enormous health care dollars. 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. 1999 Medical Director, Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation, The Union Hospital North Shore Medical Center, Lynn, Massachusetts
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