Archive for the ‘How Cool is That?’ Category

Healthy Highway

December 31, 2011

Healthy Highway is an innovative, curriculum-based K-5 interactive learning program that integrates nutrition and exercise into core academic subjects by using fun and imaginative “traffic” metaphors, equipping school-age children with the tools, skills and beliefs they need to embrace healthy choices throughout life. Created in 2006 by Wendy Cooper, a retired physical education teacher and […]

The Garden of Eden

December 15, 2011

The Garden of Eden is an organically grown food initiative whose mission is to spread awareness about the benefits of consuming organic, locally grown food through education, outreach and hands-on experience for Rutgers University students. Students at the university grow and harvest produce while learning about organic farming techniques and developing educational outreach campaigns to […]

Tray Talk: Communities for Healthy School Meals

November 30, 2011

Tray Talk, a website hosted by the School Nutrition Association (SNA), spotlights school meal successes and provides parents with information about healthy school meals. Tray Talk features “School Nutrition Success Stories” from across the country, putting the spotlight on two different school nutrition programs each month. In addition, the “Latest News on the Tray” will […]

The Name’s the Thing!

November 15, 2011

Dix Hills, New York high school student Matthew Klinger is putting research into action in his local community. As a member of the Nutrition Committee at Half Hollow High School East, Matthew was well aware of the importance of developing good eating habits, especially at a young age. After reading their research on making fruits […]

Kicking4Hunger

October 31, 2011

Midland, North Carolina-based Kicking4Hunger fights hunger, empowers individuals and builds communities by providing a fun and educational soccer experience – free of charge – while simultaneously raising food to feed the hungry in the community. Founded in the summer of 2006 as a summer project, the plan was simple: Instead of an admission fee to […]

Les Petit Chefs Academy

October 15, 2011

Les Petit Chefs teaches nutrition and life lessons to kids ages 3-16 through hands-on cooking for a healthy lifestyle. Based in San Mateo, California, this cooking school for kids provides a safe, fun and educational environment where young chefs learn to read recipes, cook and bake, work safely in the kitchen and explore creative food […]

City Slicker Farms

September 30, 2011

City Slicker Farms, located in Oakland, California, was founded in 2001 by a group of West Oakland neighbors. The organization empowers community members to work together to produce healthy food by creating organic, sustainable, high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens. Photo: Children at City Slicker Farms helped plant Seeds of Change organic seeds to provide […]

The Matthew Project

September 15, 2011

Serving families in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, The Matthew Project seeks to address the problem of food insecurity and food insecurity with hunger by providing one hot meal every evening to those who find themselves in need. It is the simplicity of The Matthew Project that makes it is such a success. Volunteers make a meal that […]

CATCH Healthy Habits

August 31, 2011

CATCH Healthy Habits is a unique intergenerational physical activity and nutrition program that benefits two generations: kids and adults age 50-plus. The program combats obesity by engaging adults as mentors to teach healthy lifelong habits to kids in grades K-5. Created by research teams from the University of California at San Diego, University of Minnesota, […]

Madeline Empowers Others with empowerME

July 31, 2011

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s empowerME campaign is a by kids, for kids movement that’s inspiring all kids to make healthy behavior changes and to become leaders and advocates for healthy eating and physical activity. 10-year-old Madeline embodies the movement’s goals to engage, educate and activate. When she was just two years old, her […]

Menu for Healthy Kids

July 15, 2011

The Culinary Institute of America’s Menu for Healthy Kids mission is to influence positive change in children’s health by creating smarter school foodservice operations and improving access to healthier and more flavorful school meals. Obesity currently afflicts over 20 million children and teenagers; 95% of these children receive one to two meals at school. Since […]

DooF

June 30, 2011

DooF (“food” spelled backwards) uses the power of multi-media entertainment, education and live events to explore food from every possible perspective: backwards, forwards, sideways, upside-down and inside-out. DooF teaches kids the amazing journey of food from its source to their table, with an interactive, imaginative, sometimes messy and always hands-on experience. DooF makes good food […]

Nourish

June 15, 2011

Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, website tools and information, short films and teacher and youth seminars. With a distinctly positive vision, Nourish celebrates both food […]

The Hungry Bears Program

May 28, 2011

Elizabeth Marion, a fifth grade student at Jones Intermediate School in Mt. Airy, NC, was recently recognized by the National Association for Gifted Children with the state’s Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award for her efforts to help ensure that her fellow students have access to nutritious food to eat on the weekends. What started as […]

Build Healthy Kids

May 15, 2011

Build Healthy Kids is an organization dedicated to providing families an easy way to understand, organize and improve their kids’ diet and activity levels in ways that make a positive impact on their long term health. To help parents build their healthy kids, Build Healthy Kids’ website keeps busy parents in mind by offering information […]