Salad a Day ChallengeCreate New Habits, Improve Health, Raise Funds
A School Program Designed to Help Change Lives
The Salad A Day Diet Challenge was created to help raise awareness about the importance of clean food, help create new habits and as an added bonus, raise funds for School classrooms interested in obtaining their own Aquaponics system for educational instruction.
What It’s All About
The Salad A Day Challenge entails eating 1 salad a day, over a 6 week period (Monday through Friday).
Each participating student recruits participation of their household members, then secures sponsorships from relatives, friends, neighbors and local business.
Each sponsor then pledges an amount to be contributed based on the number of salads eaten each day, in the student’s household, throughout the 30 day salad a day challenge.
At the end of the challenge, the student returns to each sponsor with the official results of the challenge to collect the pledged monies for the school.
- 100% of the pledged revenue goes directly to the school
- Monies can then go toward the school’s own Classroom Aquaponics System
- No inventory, No selling.
Why It’s Important
We created the Salad A Day Challenge to help reach 4, very important, objectives.
1. Create Awareness About the Relationship of Food & Health And Food & Illness
With 70% of the American diet made up of processed food and epidemic levels of Cancer, Heart disease and Diabetes this program will change the way we view food and the direct impact our food choices have on our health.
2. Change Habits / Create New Habits.
Bad dietary habits are hard to break and good habits are difficult to start. This student driven program helps to motivate parents and the community to learn and to provide better food options for themselves and their children.
3. Create Recognition of Food Sources and the Potential of Growing Your Own.
There is a growing concern with the use of harsh chemicals and genetic modification in our current mainstream food supply. This program will heighten awareness and help people discover steps toward quality, fresh, natural food and demonstrate how anyone can easily grow their own produce.
4. Raise Funds to Provide Schools and Teachers with Classroom Aquaponic Systems.
Aquaponic Systems are miniature Eco Systems in a manmade container. These systems, when available to teacher and student allow nearly all of the current science and many math standards to be demonstrated with hands on, beyond the desk, project based learning.
The Fund Raiser
The student presents the challenge to other household members. The student then solicits sponsorship from aunts, uncles, step-parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors and local business. Each sponsor then pledges an amount to be contributed based on the number of salads eaten each day, in the student’s household, throughout the 30 day salad a day challenge.
The 30 day challenge is over a 6 week period to give “Mom & Dad” a break on weekends, Monday through Friday for 6 weeks. This will allow the teacher to verify the previous day’s salad total during the morning role call. Each day the student is asked to initial the official score sheet authenticating the total salads consumed for their household.
At the end of the challenge, the student returns to each sponsor with the official results of the challenge to collect the pledged monies for the school. These monies will then go towards the purchase of a Classroom Aquaponics System.
The Significant Value
Although the “fundraising “aspect can prove valuable, the most significant value of this program may be:
- Creating heightened community awareness of the relationship between food & health.
- Using the 30 day process to break old habits and establish new habits for both student & parent.
- The long term health impact of these of these dietary changes. Although they cannot be accurately projected or measured, they certainly can be recognized.
- Creating a community event in which we can easily gain a tremendous amount of free press, energy and non-school participation, further heightening awareness.
- In addition to the salad a day challenge the students will be encourage to participate in the creative salad and creative salad dressing recipe drive/contest.
- Developing a built in market should your school start growing & selling aquaponic produce.
Awards & Recognition
We will work with each school to assist in the development of appropriate recognition and awards for the participating student. It is encouraged to provide an essay contest outlining the impact of the 30 day challenge. This will provide an additional level of participation from the more introverted student that is not comfortable soliciting sponsors.
How to Get Involved
Bring the Salad A Day Challenge into Your Classroom. Call Randy at 1-800-933-1336 to learn more, today!