This fall, the first 50 FoodCorps service members fanned out to take their posts in locations across the nation. The program -- which places young leaders in limited-resource communities for a year to deliver nutrition education, build and tend school gardens, and work on bringing local food into public school cafeterias -- is up against formidable odds. In the past 30 years the percentage of overweight children has tripled and one in four young adults are not healthy enough to be eligible for military service. These statistics are only a portion of a larger more complicated picture, one where children …
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Lily Mihalik is the freelance writer and web producer who covers food, science, business, and any intersection thereof. Find more of her work being written about in The New York Times; published in Meat Paper, Wired, and GOOD; and sounding over the airwaves from Alaska to Los Angeles. Lily is fascinated by maps, mountains, and good eats. Follow her on Twitter.