RIDGEWOOD, NJ (January 3, 2012) – The Veggiecation Program, a curriculum based nutrition education concept that teaches elementary level students how to make smart food choices and introduces them to the healthy world of vegetables, today announced School Food Service Package designed for use in school cafeterias. Veggiecation’s initial in-classroom program links lessons in the classrooms to experiences in school lunchrooms. With its School Food Service Package, Veggiecation provides school cafeterias with an essential, affordable resource to help combat childhood obesity and improve the nutritional status of students.
The School Food Service Package equips school food service directors with Veggiecation’s Seasonal Vegetable Lesson Plans that include over 100 simple to follow recipes. Each recipe incorporates vegetable tastings into school lunch, snack or extracurricular programs. Recipes yield to a school population’s high quantity serving needs. Additionally, Veggiecation recipes were created to meet the needs of school kitchens that may have limited access to cooking equipment and use budget-friendly, healthy ingredients. The package also includes 26 informational posters that display
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who, what, where, when and why of featured vegetables. Each poster is designed to educate young students on the facts of nutrition, science and geography. Posters are available in English and Spanish. The package comes with 100 “I Tried It” stickers, which make for a fun reward for students trying new foods. The School Food Service Package is available at $59.99 and can be purchased online at www.veggiecation.com.
“Veggiecation Program traditionally focused on the individual classroom, but based on recent research that supports school based wellness initiatives as one of the most effective tools to combat childhood obesity, we decided it was important to offer our program to school food service directors,” commented Lisa Suriano, founder of Veggiecation Program. “We have an established health and nutrition program in place in individual classrooms across the country. However, it is critical to market healthy foods in school lunch rooms in order to gain acceptance of new, healthier menu items. With our School Food Service Package, school cafeterias have access to a much needed and affordable resource that provides students with nutrient rich lunches while encouraging children to make smart food choices.”
Veggiecation is the only curriculum based nutrition education program of its kind, providing educators with cost-effective, adaptable lessons and supporting materials to teach young students that eating vegetables is fun, healthy and nutritious. For more information on the Veggiecation Program, please visit www.veggiecation.com.
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.