At The Fresh Physician, our goal is to empower students, parents and the school community to make informed choices that will lead to improved health.
The journey to better health begins today!
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For a list of our comprehensive services, read on.
Why School Health Matters
70% of today’s children's and teen's diets consist of unhealthy ultra-processed foods, which are associated with: • delinquent and aggressive behavior • poor school performance • susceptibility to illness and increased rates of absence • ADHD • psychological distress • depression
22% of American children and teens are obese; overweight and obese students demonstrate: • 54% increase in school absence • poor levels of academic achievement • increased severity of infections (such as COVID)
Today’s loss of $10.7 billion dollars in US school funding due to school absence is projected to continue to rise as a result of worsening diets and increasing obesity rates.
How Nutrition Education Can Help
Healthy students are better on all levels of academic achievement, as better nutrition is associated with: • improved behavior, with fewer classroom disruptions, leading to a better learning environment • fewer absences • better performance on exams • better cognitive ability and intelligence levels
Healthy eating behaviors adopted in childhood are likely to continue through adolescence and adulthood, decreasing the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, asthma and obesity.
All students deserve the opportunity to be healthy and successful. Investing in the health of students contributes to healthy communities today and in the future.
We are Physician-Driven & Research-Based Empowering Students, Parents and the School Community to Improve Their Health through Nutrition
The Fresh Physician Solution for School Health
The Importance of Nutrition Education:
93% of high school students and 80% of middle school students feel that they could benefit from advice about nutrition.
Nutrition knowledge is directly correlated with food choices, and greater knowledge is associated with more healthful food choices.
Nutritional information positively affects the intake of fruits and vegetables and can normalize obesity measurements (such as BMI).
Knowledge is Power!
The Fresh Physician Results:
Prior to participation in The Fresh Physician Program: • Only 28% of students considered the consequences of the food that they ate • 2/3 of surveyed high school students ate less than half of the recommended servings of fruits & vegetables daily
After a SINGLE EDUCATIONAL SESSION, fully 77% of students committed to increasing their daily intake of fruits & vegetables, with 50% committing to add an additional 3-5 daily servings.
The Fresh Physician School Wellness Program
Choose Any or All of Our Program Offerings to Suit Your Specific Needs:
Physician-led educational sessions.
A Healthy Eating Guide for students.
Individual 30-page Healthy Eating Guides addressing specific chronic diseases.
A 30-part video series covering the essential aspects to achieving a whole-food plant-based way of eating. This series introduces and simplifies the use of plant foods including such topics as: • Simple ways to add maximal nutrition to every meal. • Cooking techniques for creating delicious plant-based meals • The use of versatile and delicious whole-food plant proteins
A monthly newsletter designed to continue the conversation and keep health and wellness at top of mind.
Access to our recipe collection that focuses on simple-to-prepare recipes containing maximal nutrition and flavor. We even have a “Family-Friendly” section of simple-to-prepare and easy-to-love recipes for the whole family.
Our Fresh Physician Experts can work with your staff to create nutritious and tasty school food offerings to decrease absences, improve student attention & behavior, elevate academic performance, and improve the health of your school community.
What Our Clients Have To Say
"Dr. Varich’s presentation to my classroom was both informative and thought provoking."
"It was obvious that she has a genuine love for what she does and a true passion for nutrition and health."
"In the classroom, it’s easy to overlook this aspect of our student’s well-being. I believe that having Dr. Varich come speak to my students helped to fill in that important gap."
Contact us today to find out how we can positively impact the health of your school community.
The Fresh Physician
Address: Mount Dora, Florida & The Villages, Florida