Tarrah DeClemente, MPH, RDN
Chicago Public Schools
Manager of Health Promotion
Chicago, Illinois
Tarrah DeClemente is Manager of Health Promotion at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) which serves nearly 400,000 students at 660 schools. She received her B.S. degree in Dietetics from Purdue University and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Iowa. Tarrah received her MPH in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also served as 2014-2015 President of the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

As Manager of Health Promotion Tarrah leads the district’s efforts to support schools in establishing healthy school environments through implementation of the district's health and wellness policies. This entails providing technical assistance to schools related to: breakfast after the bell, recess, nutrition education, gardens, chronic conditions, early childhood wellness, healthy food access, sexual health education, sexual health services, and safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ youth.

Tarrah continues to work to promote and improve the school meal programs. As part of the School Food FOCUS Upper Midwest Regional Learning Lab, Tarrah developed an "Ingredients of Concern" list to be shared with food manufacturers nationwide in an effort to decrease the use of harmful ingredients in school menu items such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors/colors, and various binders/fillers in meat products (amongst others). In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, Tarrah leads the district’s efforts to implement the Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP); GFPP is a commitment to improve the regional food system through five key standards: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. In June 2017 Tarrah spearheaded the Board’s adoption of GFPP making CPS the fourth school district, and first outside of California, to adopt this policy.
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