PCC Board of Trustees report, June 2012

This article was originally published in June 2012

2012 Annual meeting recap: Childhood nutrition from many viewpoints

Speakers at annual mtg

(l-r) Kim Bussing, Dr. Ben Danielson, Dr. Erin MacDougall and Ellen Gray.

On April 24 more than 475 PCC members and guests met at St. Demetrios Hall and were treated to a wonderful meal. All the recipes, along with a report by nutrition educator Nick Rose on the nutritional value of the menu, are on the 2012 annual meeting page.

Board chair Carol Binder and CEO Tracy Wolpert reported on the co-op’s solid financial health and shared operational highlights of 2011. Their year-end reports are linked from the annual meeting page on our website, as is the official 2011 annual report.

On behalf of the 2011-2012 nominating committee, chair Rick Riehle spoke to the members about the nominating process and introduced the four board candidates to the members.

Our education topic for this meeting was childhood nutrition and we heard from three area experts:

  • Benjamin Danielson, M.D., is a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and is director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic;
  • Erin MacDougall, Ph.D., is program manager of Healthy Eating and Active Living for Public Health, Seattle & King County;
  • Ellen Gray is executive director of the Washington Sustainable Food and Farm Network (WSFFN). Gray manages WSFFN’s “Fresh Food in Schools” project.

We will report in the July Sound Consumer on some of the information they shared and particularly some of the action steps they recommended to our members who want to help make a difference for their families and communities at large.

We also were very happy to hear from one of our teenage members who is concerned about the impact of poor nutrition and the lack of nutrition education for her peers. Here is an excerpt from her speech:

Growing up, my family was conscientious of what we ate. Now that I’m older, I can fully appreciate the emotional, physical and academic benefits of eating the way I have.
Between sports practices, play auditions, and after-school clubs, teenagers are more apt to choose easier, prepacked food options. Students are not aware of how nutritionally devoid their hasty decisions might be.

I, after embracing a gluten-free diet, bring lunches courtesy of PCC: chicken salads from the deli or soup from the hot bar. Of course, the school’s versions of “healthy” options are available for purchase as well. Boxed salads with breaded chicken and bread rolls are provided, as well as a salad bar with iceberg lettuce and vegetables, which are only distinguishable based on color and shape, not taste. Another “healthy food” favorite is non-fat, high-fructose corn syrup-laden yogurt.

Comparing my own experiences and that of my peers, it is evident that after eating a nutritionally dense lunch I am equipped with better focus, more energy, an ability to regulate stress, and a more positive attitude toward my studies and the day as a whole.

There may be no easy solution, but improving school lunches and increasing nutritional awareness is, based on what I’ve observed, critical to allowing students to fully excel in school. After all, we all learned in kindergarten that “you are what you eat” our next step is learning exactly what to eat in order to be who we want to be.
— Kim Bussing, graduating senior, Issaquah High School

PCC 2012 election

board candidates

All our candidates campaigned in several of our stores during the election, meeting staff and shoppers. They are pictured here at PCC Edmonds on May 5. (l-r) Edmonds PIC Jeri Wellington with candidates Maggie Lucas, Stephen Tan, Sandy Voit and Art Scheunemann.

The ballot count meeting for the 2012 election was on May 21, so results were not known before press time [for print version]. Results are now posted in the stores, co-op office, on our website, and will be reported in the July issue.

Board meetings

The report on the May 29 board meeting will be published in the July Sound Consumer.

The next board meeting is scheduled for June 26 at the co-op office at 5 p.m. Member comment period is at 7 p.m.

Also in this issue

Nutrition Facts Panels — a tool for healthy eating

To help shoppers make informed food choices in our stores, PCC is developing a database to provide nutrition information for our deli-made foods. It's a large project but we know this is important information that many shoppers want.

Detoxing: Cleansing your body

Food is always better than supplements for avoiding toxins, but if you want a boost in preparing your diet for a cleanse, a variety of products and books at PCC may help.

Detoxification for good health

"What is detoxification?" "My doctor says detoxification is quackery." "Aren’t the levels of toxins too low to cause harm?" These questions come up with increasing frequency in conversation and the media.