Archive for the ‘How Cool is That?’ Category

Balance Bands

May 1, 2011

Designed to teach the MyPyramid initiative, Balance Bands are a fun, visual way to help establish healthy eating habits when it comes to fruits and veggies and can be used at home and at school. To participate, you put all your Balance Bands on your right wrist first thing in the morning. Throughout the day, […]

Become a Champion: End Childhood Hunger

April 15, 2011

In 2009, nearly 1 million children didn’t get enough to eat in the United States. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that some children in America do not have enough food to eat, since most of the pictures we see in newspapers or on television are of hungry kids in other countries that are poorer than […]

Root 4 Kids

April 1, 2011

Root 4 Kids brings to life Annie’s Homegrown foods’ wish to nurture kids by inspiring families to eat more real food together. As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, encouraging kids and their families to eat real food is more important now than ever before. The goal of Root 4 Kids is to become a […]

<i>Lunch Line</i>

March 15, 2011

The new documentary film, Lunch Line, offers a fresh perspective on a 60-year-old government initiative that feeds more than 31 million children every day: the National School Lunch Program. Lunch Line is the first documentary to capture the full history of the school lunch program and reframes the school lunch debate through an examination of […]

Meal Makeover Moms

March 1, 2011

If you struggle to get your family to eat healthy meals, you’ll want to stop by the Meal Makeover Moms website, where you’ll find kid-friendly recipes, tips for picky eaters, lunch, snack and dessert ideas, and practical advice on bringing good nutrition to the dinner table. Dietitians Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD and Liz Weiss, […]

The Lunch Tray

February 15, 2011

Bettina Elias Siegel is a writer who is passionate about school food reform. Her blog, The Lunch Tray, initially launched as a journal of her school food reform initiatives in Houston, TX; it now draws readers from all fifty states and as many foreign countries who are interested in children and food and the relationship […]

Peyton’s Promise

January 31, 2011

When Peyton Medick of Weston, WI was eight years old, a news story about hunger issues across the country shocked her. “My family and I watched a show on ABC’s 20/20 about Camden, New Jersey,” reflects Peyton. “The story was about kids living in Camden and what their lives were like. The thing that touched […]

Purple Asparagus

January 15, 2011

Founded in 2005, Chicago-based Purple Asparagus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing families back to the table by promoting and enjoying all the things associated with good eating. The “head spears” behind Purple Asparagus believe that adding enjoyment to a child’s diet is essential to the battle against obesity, experiencing the food of other […]

Farm to Family

January 1, 2011

Started in 2009 by founders Mark and Suzi Lilly, Farm to Family is a mobile food distribution business based in Richmond, VA. Observing the huge disconnect in both understanding and distance between food and where it comes from, coupled with seeing so many families without access to high-quality, nutritious, fresh food, Mark and Suzi were […]

Wissahickon Cooks

October 31, 2010

In 2009, in conjunction with Whole Foods, the Wissahickon School District in Ambler, PA created the Wissahickon Gardens Program and planted gardens at every school in the district. At Wissahickon High School, the Horticulture Club planted the garden and families work in the garden and share in some of the harvest, which has has proven […]

¡Salud, familia!

October 15, 2010

¡Salud, familia!, Arte Público Press’ publishing program, encompasses health and nutrition education through lively and engaging bilingual children’s books featuring young protagonists making choices about exercise, food and nutrition and other wellness topics. The first book of the ¡Salud, familia! series is entitled I Kick the Ball and tells a story about a boy who […]

Academy for Global Citizenship

September 30, 2010

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is a public charter school located on Chicago’s southwest side whose mission is to empower all students to positively impact the community and world beyond. Founded in 2008 with kindergarten and first grade classes, the school will add one grade per year until it becomes a K-8 school, in […]

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Center for a Healthy Lifestyle

September 15, 2010

Since opening in April 2009, The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito in north coastal San Diego’s Center for a Healthy Lifestyle has become a community hub for learning about food, fitness and nutrition. The Center features a quarter-acre organic garden for children educates families about growing their own vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers, […]

Sharing the Harvest YMCA Community Farm

August 15, 2010

The Sharing the Harvest YMCA Community Farm in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts is is a collaborative effort between the YMCA Southcoast and the Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts (a program of the United Way of Greater New Bedford). Beginning with a one acre parcel in 2006 that yielded nearly 6,000 pounds of produce, the farm now […]

Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0<br>Goes to School

July 30, 2010

5-2-1-0 Goes to School is part of an overarching program called Let’s Go!, which promotes a healthy lifestyle for kids from birth to age 18 by partnering with others across six sectors: early childhood, schools, communities, workplace, after-school and healthcare. While the Let’s Go! organization is based in Portland, Maine, 5-2-1-0 Goes to School has […]