Archive for the ‘How Cool is That?’ Category

Elwood’s Little Einsteins

July 15, 2010

Elwood’s Little Einsteins is a small preschool in Long Island, NY that is doing big things when it comes to learning about food and cooking. With a curriculum focused on hands-on learning, cooking has been a core part of their program for several years. “Children are learning math skills such as weighing and measuring, as […]

Patterson Library Story Time Garden and Healthy Living Series

June 30, 2010

In an effort to help their community learn to live a healthier lifestyle, the Patterson Library in Putnam County, NY, started their “Story Time Garden” in June 2009. With the help of a local resident and greenhouse, they constructed a charming garden, complete with an enchanting garden gate. It quickly became the focal point of […]

Nourishing NYC’s Junior Chef Program

June 15, 2010

Nourishing NYC is a community food program located in East Harlem that seeks to provide nutrition for all. Their mission is to alleviate the strong correlation between low-income status and poor dietary health by providing nutritious meals and educational programming in a safe and caring environment where all are welcome. Among their many and varied […]

Ms. Reed Brings School Lunch to Life in the Classroom

May 31, 2010

When elementary school teacher Beth Reed at PS 146 in East Harlem heard that her school cafeteria would be serving Rachael’s NYC Sizzling Soft Taco with Southwest Roasted Chicken and Corn Relish and Vegetarian “Veg-Head” Beans as part of Yum-o!’s collaboration with the New York City Department of Education’s Office of SchoolFood, she was inspired […]

Sprouts Academy Preschool

April 30, 2010

Sprouts Academy Preschool is an early childhood learning center that has taken a very unique approach to education. Children learn how to engage in a healthy and responsible lifestyle through daily exposure to learning projects, natural living green alternatives, taking a socially responsible stance in their environment and harvesting school-grown food for healthy cooking and […]

BK Farmyards

April 15, 2010

Brooklyn-based BK Farmyards’ mission is to bring communities together around the dinner table by building a local food network that enhances the health of our culture, our people and our environment. BK Farmyards works with neighborhood residents to transform private yards into farms and also offers neighbors the opportunity to meet each other and celebrate […]


April 1, 2010

ZisBoomBah has created a website to help parents create kid-friendly dinners with the help of their children. Through their free, fun and educational game, Pick Chow!, kids get to enjoy playing with different dinner choices – in order to achieve the highest score possible, they must create a balanced nutritious meal. Once their meal is […]

Naked Nuggets

March 15, 2010

After years of culinary training and opening some of New York City’s most popular restaurants, brothers Eric and Bruce Bromberg realized that cooking tasty, kid-pleasing, and healthful meals for Eric’s three children was their biggest and most important challenge of all. Frustrated by what was available in most supermarkets, these chefs stripped down Eric’s kids’ […]

Outdoor Classrooms

February 28, 2010

In July 2008, Rebecca P. Cohen walked around the schoolyard of her children’s future public elementary school. She and her boys, then 4 and 6, were excited but disappointed when they came to what looked like a once-loved garden. “There were five large garden beds, one for every grade, but the beds were bare,” she […]

Food for Kids

February 15, 2010

Chef Joseph Ciminera, host of several nationally syndicated cooking shows, has created Food for Kids, a 7-day meal plan for kids and families and a companion educational DVD. Food for Kids is the result of two years of Chef Ciminera traveling throughout the country and trying out his recipes on real kids, so the final […]


January 31, 2010

The Spriggles book series is a fun way to help children ages 3-8 increase their awareness and knowledge of health, nutrition and exercise. A combination of “spirit” and “giggles,” Spriggles weaves innovative stories with imaginative illustrations and playful rhymes such as “Keep on tryin’, Lion” and “Stay in shape, Ape.” It’s fresh, fun, and unique! […]

<i>Cooking’s Cool</i>

January 15, 2010

Mrs. Sheff is a magical teacher who loves to cook with her students each day. She makes her debut in Cooking’s Cool, a unique collection of books designed to teach children that cooking and eating healthy is COOL! Teachers and parents can enjoy reading these delightful tales with their students and children and then cook […]

Backpacks for Kids

December 31, 2009

In the small town of Clyde, TX, where most of the population live at or below the poverty level, the Backpacks for Kids program is making a difference. The program identifies food insecure kids with the help of their school system and discreetly delivers a backpack of food full of nutritious, kid-friendly, nonperishable items to […]

The Youth Becoming Healthy Project

December 15, 2009

Pamela Green Jackson formed the Youth Becoming Healthy Project to educate school students about the importance of eating healthy and exercising. Initially starting out by providing newspaper supplements as part of the Newspapers in Education program, YBH now has fitness centers in five Georgia middle schools. The program converts vacant classrooms into fitness centers, and […]

Brian Furrer’s Food Drive

November 30, 2009

After volunteering with his mother at their local food bank, 10-year-old Brian Furrer from Lincoln, CA saw how quickly the food was running out and decided to organize a week-long food drive to help restock the shelves. Brian brought collection boxes from classroom to classroom at his school and personally counted all the cans his […]