Archive for the ‘How Cool is That?’ Category

Survey Says…Salad Bar! <br>at Neshaminy Middle School

August 31, 2008

Our friends at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation have shared this Success Story from one of the schools participating in their Healthy Schools program: For the past four years, Neshaminy Middle School in Langhorne, PA has been working on both the state and national level to encourage students and staff to eat healthier and […]

Jr. Chefs of America

August 15, 2008

Jr. Chefs of America (JCOA) is a web-based show created for kids, hosted by kids, that encourages young chefs to start cooking fresh, home-cooked meals for themselves. By challenging the notion that kids can’t navigate the kitchen on their own and emphasizing safety first, JCOA hopes to inspire a new generation of smart eaters and […]

Children’s Aid Society <br> GoHealthy! Food Education Program

August 1, 2008

The New York-based Children’s Aid Society shares the nation’s concern about the alarming numbers of overweight and obese children and the equally distressing increases in diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol levels and other serious conditions in America’s youth. In response, they have launched a number of innovative initiatives under their Go!Healthy program − a food education […]

Fruit Tree 101

July 30, 2008

Fruit Tree 101 is a program that brings fruit tree orchards to schoolyards so that students can improve the quality of the air and water while creating a source of tasty snacks for decades to come. A program of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) and made possible by the generous support of Stretch Island […]

Lauren Ogles Gets Cooking!

July 15, 2008

Lauren Ogles first started cooking through her participation in her local 4-H Club in Louisiana. Now a college student and aspiring chef, nutrition continues to be on the top of her mind so that she can be sure the things she makes are not only good to eat, but also good for you. Lauren developed […]

Farmers’ Market Finders

July 1, 2008

A great way to get excited about cooking is to visit your local farmers’ market, where you’ll find in-season produce and the freshest meats, breads and cheeses. You can even talk to the farmers about all the different varieties of the items they are selling and ask how they are grown or made. And it’s […]

The Whole Grains Council

June 15, 2008

We’re hearing more and more often that we should be incorporating whole grains into our diets, but what’s an easy way to do it? And what are whole grains, anyway? The Whole Grains Council helps you find whole grain foods and understand why they’re important in a healthy diet. And, you can find healthy choices […]

Chef Seth Bixby Daugherty and Real Food Initiatives

June 1, 2008

If you look up Chef Seth Bixby Daugherty, you’ll find critical acclaim of his menus at Minneapolis-area restaurants D’Amico Cucina and Cosmos and even a cover photo in a 2005 Food & Wine magazine naming him one of America’s 10 best new chefs. But when he saw first-hand the food that his children were eating […]

Better School Food

May 16, 2008

Better School Food (BSF) is a group of dedicated parents, educators and health professionals committed to working with local communities to improve meals and achieve its mission of increasing awareness of the connection between good food, good health and a student’s ability to learn effectively. BSF supports individuals, schools and communities in their efforts to […]

Shawn Demartino is Cooking Smart!

May 1, 2008

Growing up, Shawn DeMartino, of Yarmouthport, MA, struggled with being overweight. He reached his turning point at age 11, when he collapsed running the mile at his school’s field day. He credits Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals and “the idea that you can make healthy foods easily” in getting him started cooking for himself and […]

George McClements and <i>Night of the Veggie Monster</i>

April 11, 2008

George McClements is an author and father of two boys who wrote Night of the Veggie Monster as he reflected on his experiences getting his kids to eat more veggies. He wrote the book both to reassure parents that they aren’t alone in the struggle to get their children to eat healthy foods, as well […]

Louie’s Kids

April 4, 2008

Childhood is supposed to be a time for children to run and play and discover the world around them. But these days, for too many kids, childhood is a time of binge-eating, TV-watching and web surfing. So it’s no surprise that childhood obesity is dangerously rising. The people at “Louie’s Kids” – Louis Yuhasz and […]

Choosy Kids

March 15, 2008

By offering uniquely designed training and educational materials for parents, teachers and children, Choosy Kids has become a nationally recognized leader in the effort to help public health officials, teachers and parents prepare young children to avoid the health-related consequences of inactivity and poor nutrition choices. The mission of Choosy Kids is to promote the […]


March 1, 2008

Cambridge, MA-based CitySprouts’ mission is to develop, implement and maintain beautiful, resource-rich school gardens in collaboration with public school communities. Integrated into the curriculum, their gardens inspire teachers, students and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture and the natural environment. CitySprouts’ core school garden program helps school communities create […]

Chickin Feed

February 15, 2008

Chickin Feed was started by Leslie Smith Grant, a mother of two who was trying to come up with a simple way to teach her children about what they should be eating each day (and to remind herself, as well!). “I needed a simple way to keep the important information – what makes up a […]