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UW-Madison's Ruis speaks with Gastropod about, 'Lunch Gets Schooled'

September 18, 2017
UW-Madison's Andrew Ruis was interviewed by Gastropod, a podcast that explores the intersection of science and food.

Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat book coverRuis is a researcher with the Epistemic Games Group housed within the School of Education's Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He also is a fellow in the Department of Surgery and Department of Medical History and Bioethics at UW-Madison.

School lunch in the United States is being revamped, with lots of efforts to increase fresh food and better meals in schools. This comes after decades of frozen, processed meals with little flavor or nutritional value.

The podcast episode, titled "Lunch Gets Schooled," explores the history of school lunch in the United States, what it reveals about the country's "economic and gender priorities," and "the science on whether school lunch even matters."

Ruis is the author of a recently released book titled, “Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States.” 

Listen to the podcast episode on Soundcloud.

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