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The Veggiecation Program and Wellness in the Schools are Working Together to “Veggiecate” New York City Students

The Veggiecation Program and Wellness in the Schools are Working Together to “Veggiecate” New York City Students

The Veggiecation Program Donates Nutrition Education Posters to Wellness in the Schools’ Participating Public Schools to Teach Students Healthy Food Choices.

RIDGEWOOD, NJ (November 7, 2011) – The Veggiecation Program, a curriculum based nutrition education concept that introduces young students to the delicious world of vegetables and teaches them the importance of health and nutrition, announces today its program donation to Wellness in the Schools (WITS). WITS is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in New York City’s public schools. Veggiecation will donate to WITS’ participating schools nutrition education posters available in English and Spanish.


“Veggiecation Program’s participation in Wellness in the Schools is a natural fit with our shared goal to improve the nutritional status of students,” comments Lisa Suriano, founder of Veggiecation. “Wellness in the Schools has been instrumental in providing public schools with much needed program assistance that brings healthy foods to students. Veggiecation is pleased to support an organization as effectual and forward thinking as WITS and is excited to help more schools grow a love of vegetables.”

Veggiecation’s nutrition education posters will be on display in 25 New York City public school buildings. Posters feature a seasonal vegetable and includes geography, seasonal and nutritional information that can be translated into cross-content lessons. Veggiecation’s health and nutrition message will reach thousands of public school students who face high incidents of obesity and related diseases.

"WITS is very excited to continue growing our partnership with Veggication and grateful for their donation of a full set of veggie posters for each of our schools. We love that the posters are colorful, available in both Spanish and English, and that they make healthy food into a fun, visual experience! Our 25 WITS school buildings - 34 schools in all - will receive the posters in early November and display them in and around their cafeterias,” commented Nancy Easton, executive director of WITS.

WITS is a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2005 by a group of concerned pubic school parents. WITS inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life. WITS operates Coach for Kids and Cook for Kids in 25 WITS school buildings, serving over 20,000 students. For more information on WITS, please visit www.wellnessintheschools.org.

Veggiecation, a curriculum based nutrition education concept, provides educators with cost-effective, adaptable lessons and supporting materials. Veggiecation teaches young students that eating vegetables is fun, healthy and nutritious. For more information on the Veggiecation Program, please visit www.veggiecation.com.

About Veggiecation

The Veggiecation Program is a curriculum based nutrition education concept that introduces young students to the delicious and nutritious world of vegetables. Utilizing existing school resources to minimize costs and seamlessly integrate Veggiecation into the classroom and school lunch programs, Veggiecation incorporates kid-friendly vegetable preparations into each lesson. Veggiecation can be adapted into lesson plans for science, literacy, art, social sciences, math and physical education as well as school wide assemblies. Veggiecation has been successfully test piloted in schools, such as The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine (New York, NY) and The Riverdale Country School (Bronx, NY). Veggiecation is available in over 100 public schools in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Veggiecation is also taught in public and private schools in the states of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming.

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