The Veggiecation Program andNew York Coalition for Healthy School FoodImplement New Initiative in Nutrition Educationfor New York City Public School Students.
RIDGEWOOD, NJ (May 18, 2011) – The Veggiecation Program, a curriculum based nutrition education program, has been named as the first educational partner by the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food (NYCHSF). In this capacity, the Veggiecation Program will develop teaching materials for grades kindergarten through five that support NYCHSF’s plant-based entrees available as part of its Project Cool School food Program in selected New York City schools. Veggiecation will donate educational materials to participating schools in order to teach and excite K-5 students about healthy food choices.
“The Veggiecation Program’s partnership with the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food’s Project Cool School Food is a natural fit as our mutual goal is to improve the health and nutrition status of students,” said Lisa Suriano, founder and creator of the Veggiecation Program. “I am thrilled to have the Veggiecation Program affiliated with an organization such as NYCHSF who has been influential in the movement to change nutrition policy and create health-literate students.”
With the partnership, the Veggiecation Program will develop educational materials for NYCHSF’s Project Cool School Food. While Veggiecation currently offers materials that teach children about vegetables, new materials will also be developed to teach children about the importance of including legumes – beans, lentils, and split peas – as a healthy protein source in their diets. The materials will support Project Cool School Food’s plant-based entrees, such as Black Bean Casserole, Magical Moroccan Beans and Greens, North African Gumbo, and others, that are approved for use in New York City schools. As practiced in Veggiecation classrooms throughout the country, participating students will be provided the opportunity to vote on how they like the new dishes while learning about the health benefits of the vegetables and beans in their lunch through Veggiecation Program workbooks and classroom activities.
The Veggiecation Program will donate its classroom materials to participating schools, and NYCHSF partner schools will be provided free membership to Veggiecation Program’s online classroom resources and tutorial videos for teachers and parents. With the complimentary member access, throughout the school year, teachers and parents will have access to Veggiecation Program’s supporting materials and nutrition tips.
To kick off the program, the Veggiecation Program will be working with a selection of NYCHSF partner schools PS 20 (Manhattan), PS 154 (Manhattan), PS 146 (Manhattan), PS 971 (Brooklyn), PS 244 (Queens) and PS 266 (Queens). Program expansion is planned throughout the 2011-2012 school year.
Founded in 2004, NYCHSF is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of New York’s students by advocating for healthy plant-based foods, including local and organic where possible, farm to school programs, school gardens, the elimination of unhealthy competitive foods in all areas of schools, comprehensive nutrition policy, and education to create food and health-literate students.
”We are thrilled to be working with Lisa Suriano and the Veggiecation Program,” said Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of New York Coalition for Healthy School Food. “Offering healthy food is very important, but equally important is providing nutrition education to support the new healthy choices. Veggiecation materials are beautiful and appealing, and make learning about healthy eating fun and exciting.”
For more information on the Veggiecation Program, visit www.veggiecation.com. To learn more about NYCHSF and their Project Cool School Food, visit www.healthyschoolfood.org.