Archive for the ‘How Cool is That?’ Category


November 15, 2009

KidsGardening, a core program of the National Gardening Association, has been using gardening as a vehicle for encouraging children to make better food choices for over 25 years! Their programs augment traditional classroom studies with experiential learning, building a love of nature, stimulating social interaction, facilitating cultural exchange and promoting healthy eating habits. The experience […]

Katie Stagliano Dreams of<br>No Hungry Children

October 31, 2009

When Katie Stagliano grew a 40 pound cabbage (yes, you read that right!), she didn’t know that she was beginning to cultivate a dream as well. When the 10-year-old from Summerville, SC realized how much cabbage was in her garden, she decided to donate it to needy families by working with Fields to Families, a […]

<i>Be Well: Messages from Moms on Living Healthier Lives</i>

October 15, 2009

Be Well: Messages from Moms on Living Healthier Lives is a collection of stories compiled by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The book showcases moms who are working to establish lifelong, healthy habits in their kids with the hope that their stories will inspire other parents to […]

The Rainbow Program

September 30, 2009

In her junior year of high school in San Antonio, TX, Gillian Graham developed a program to teach elementary-age children simple ways to maintain a nutritionally balanced lifestyle. The Rainbow Program aims to improve nutrition in low-income communities by working to educate children and teenagers about small lifestyle changes that will lead to subtle but […]

Growing Chefs

September 15, 2009

Vegetarian and local and organic, oh my! New York City-based Growing Chefs was founded in 2005 by Annie Novak as a way to teach kids (and their parents!) about the delicious, wonderful ways in which food gets from the soil to the kitchen. On the organization’s website, Annie’s love of plants is translated into recipes […]

Children’s Health Foundation

August 31, 2009

Children’s Health Foundation (CHF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance health initiatives that benefit the mind, body and spirit of children. CHF works directly with schools to create positive change by offering programs that prevent childhood obesity, ensure school safety, prevent bullying and provide intercultural awareness training. Since 2005, CHF has made […]

<i>The Adventures of<br>Tommy the Tomato</i>

August 14, 2009

Teaching children about proper nutrition is no easy task. In order to promote positive attitudes about food and healthy eating, materials about nutrition must keep kids engaged, and most importantly, allow them to have fun learning! To meet this need, health and nutrition advocate Jay Holt created The Adventures of Tommy the Tomato, a guide […]

Mr. Food’s Tips for Kids

August 1, 2009

Art Ginsburg, aka “Mr. Food®,” was the first TV chef to promote practical “anybody can do it” cooking and food preparation solutions. After over 30 years of sharing his unique brand of quick and easy food tips and recipes with readers and viewers across the country, Mr. Food continues to find fresh ideas for cooking […]

Super Healthy Kids

July 15, 2009

Super Healthy Kids is dedicated to teaching healthy habits to kids, one plate at a time. The mission of Super Healthy Kids is to provide the tools and resources that assist parents in teaching nutrition to their little ones, without nagging. Once kids learn what a balanced meal should look like, the kids can be […]

Ms. Chatham’s Lunch Box Sticker Chart

June 30, 2009

The parents in Whitney P.’s son’s kindergarten class were really struggling with how to get their kids (and their parents!) excited about packing healthier lunches. It was teacher Jen Chatham to the rescue when she came up with the idea of a Lunch Box Sticker Chart. Here’s how it works: For every fresh fruit or […]

The Children’s Institute Health and Fitness Program

June 15, 2009

Building self-esteem and lifelong healthy eating and fitness habits can be challenging for many children, but kids with special needs often face even greater obstacles to achieving these goals. Since 2005, The Children’s Institute (TCI), a private, nonprofit school in Verona, NJ dedicated to educating youngsters with special needs, has sponsored a Health and Fitness […]


May 31, 2009

Notables® by Mission Nutrition are nutritionally-conscious, cost-effective and eco-sensitive pre-packaged grab-n-go breakfasts that are available to schools nationwide. With schools seeking innovative ways to ensure that their students begin the day with a nutritious meal, Notables has focused on offering products that transform school breakfast. All Notables breakfasts are packed in a fun, decorative meal […]

Growing Power, Inc.

May 18, 2009

In 1993, Growing Power was an organization with teens who needed a place to work, while Will Allen was a farmer with land. Will designed a program that offered teens an opportunity to work at his store and renovate the greenhouses to grow food for their community. What started as a simple partnership to change […]

Lois Altman and the <i>Harvest Handbook: A Soup Kitchen’s Guide to Maximizing Resources</i>

April 30, 2009

Ball State University professor and chef Lois Altman doesn’t just feed hungry people; she teaches others how to do the same. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and the Program Director of Ball State’s Hospitality and Food Management program in Muncie, IN, this teacher and chef volunteers each week at a local […]

New York Coalition for Healthy School Food

April 14, 2009

Formed in 2004, the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food (NYCHSF) is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health and well-being of New York’s students statewide by advocating for healthy plant-based foods (including local and organic where possible), farm-to-school programs, the elimination of unhealthy competitive foods in all areas of the school […]