All Students Deserve to be Healthy, Active & Ready to Learn

It’s startling to realize that the United States ranked last out of 21 industrialized nations in child health and safety. It is imperative that students are well-fed and active if they are going to be ready to learn.

Making healthy food choices is one way to help children achieve better health and wellness. We strive to make sure Cornerstone’s meal programs provide the healthiest choices possible so that our students are well-fed and equipped for learning.

Six Secrets to Success

1. Make healthy options standard whenever foods are sold or shared — parties, fundraisers, school events, celebrations and concessions — in and out of the cafeteria and the classroom.

2. Make fresh fruits and veggies, water, whole grains and low-fat/fat-free dairy products front and center for students.

3. Limit or eliminate unhealthy choices that interfere with nutrition education, send conflicting messages about what we value and make it harder for children to internalize healthy habits.

4. Shift the focus from food to fun — host events and celebrations that promote physical activity, music, art, and games.

5. Provide students with non-food rewards for good behavior and performance.

6. Use meal time as an opportunity for nutrition education with school gardens, taste tests, healthy snack time, healthy vending, concessions and school stores. All Cornerstone schools work with Big Green Detroit and have a garden onsite where children can learn about the importance of healthy food and the rewards of growing it themselves.

As a community, Cornerstone wants the very best for our students. Their overall health and well-being is an essential component to their future success.


Sharon Arnett
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Sharon Arnett
Sharon Arnett is Cornerstone's Food Service Director. She has been in School Nutrition for the past 18 years, and with Cornerstone Education Group since 2012. As the Food Service Director, Sharon is directly responsible for the operational and financial accountability of the food service department for each of our 6 schools. Sharon currently supervises a food service team of 21 employees and 15 vended employees that serve our 3,500 students daily. Last year CEG served over 600,000 meals. Sharon says, "Child Nutrition is my passion."