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Veggiecation Updates Training System

Educators Can Learn on their own Time with Self Scheduled Training System

Ridgewood, NJ (March 18, 2016)  - Across the board, the land of the free is becoming the land of the overweight, and there does not appear to be any slowing down in sight. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of students in grades 9-12 who are overweight has steadily risen over the last 15 years. From 2001 to 2013, the rate has climbed from just under 14% to nearly 17%. Helping young children understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle with sound nutrition is at the core of what Veggiecation does best. Started in 2009 by a woman who saw the need for better nutrition in elementary schools, Veggiecation is a culinary-nutrition education program that seeks to reverse the current trend, and emphasize the significance of vegetables and fruits as part of a balanced diet. Most recently, the company took its in-person training for educators and made it into a all-access webinar! Now teachers and parents alike can learn the Veggiecation formula in their homes, on their schedule.


Veggiecation® and Curious Chef® Announce New Partnership & Contest

In an effort to encourage children’s participation in the kitchen, Veggiecation now offers cooking classes with Curious Chef® products

New York, NY (October 19, 2015) –Veggiecation, an organization dedicated to educating children on healthy eating by offering kids cooking classes and family workshops, now provides all certified educators with a portable cooking kit filled with Curious Chef products.  To kick off the partnership, Veggiecation and Curious Chef are hosting a recipe contest happening now through the end of October. Participants must create an original recipe using one of Veggiecation’s 34-featured veggies in a unique way. The winner will receive a Veggiecation Educator Training Workshop (VETW) and a Curious Chef gift set specifically assembled for this contest.


Veggiecation Comes Back to the Town Where it all Began

Lisa Suriano, Founder & CEO, Brings Culinary Nutrition Education Program Training to her Home County!

RIDGEWOOD, NJ (April 2015) –Veggiecation is an evidence based, culinary nutrition education program, that promotes and educates children and communities on the health benefits of vegetables and how to prepare them in simple, unique, affordable, and most importantly, delicious ways. Lisa Suriano, born in Queens but grew up in the Bergen County town of Ridgewood, is excited to bring her program back to the county that raised her! 


Veggiecation Aspires to Provide Opportunity for Entrepreneurs Interested in Nutrition, Cooking, and Teaching

Veggiecation Offers Online Culinary Nutrition Education Workshops to Train Individuals to Teach Children Around the World How to Cook and Eat Healthy. 

Ridgewood, NJ (September 4, 2013) – Veggiecation, a culinary nutrition education program for children, has launched a brand new concept that offers individuals training on how to teach healthy kids cooking classes that are simple and engaging.  In addition to learning Veggiecation’s unique style of teaching, the three-hour online training will also provide people with the tools needed to start their own cooking class business.


HealthFirst and Veggiecation Partner to Bring Nutrition Education and Kid-Friendly Recipes to the Classroom Beyond

Teaching young students how to love eating vegetables with hands-on programs  

NEW YORK, NY (March 18, 2013) – Healthfirst and Veggiecation announce their partnership to provide nutrition education resources to local public school classrooms and community events in the New York and New Jersey metro area. Focusing on elementary school students and after school programs, Veggiecation founder and CEO, Lisa Suriano, brings her uniquely developed program to the classroom that explores the delicious world of vegetables. The partnership is part of the Healthfirst Healthy Living program, a health-education resource program developed by Healthfirst to give local residents access to valuable information and services to improve their health and well-being.


The Veggiecation Program Expands Offerings to Provide School Cafeterias with Nutrition Resources to Combat Childhood Obesity

Veggiecation Program Announces new School Food Service Package for Elementary Schools

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 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.


The Veggiecation Program Announced as First Educational Partner of New York Coalition for Healthy

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 Introduces New Kids Programs for Home and After School

Veggiecation Goes From the Classroom to Home and Kids’ After School Programs With new Educational Offerings to Keep Kids Healthy While Developing a Love of Vegetables

RIDGEWOOD, NJ (November 15, 2010) – The Veggiecation Program today announced two new kids programs to expand its educational offerings beyond the classroom with Veggiecation At-Home and Veggiecation After-School. Veggiecation’s original in-school program is the only curriculum based elementary school lunch program of its kind, linking lessons in the classroom to experiences in school lunchrooms. With its two new programs, Veggiecation is providing parents and community leaders the essential tools to teach kids life-long healthy eating habits.


Veggiecation's Pumkpin Chili Tasting at the Packer Collegiate Institute



Participating in Packer Pumpkin Patch 2010, an annual fundraiser for the Packer Collegiate Institute, Lisa Suriano, founder and creator of the Veggiecation Program, will conduct a Fall Pumpkin Tasting for kids and parents, and on the menu are two nutritious and delicious pumpkin recipes, Pumpkin Chili and Pumpkin Apple Crisp. As practiced in Veggiecation programs implemented in elementary schools throughout New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, kids will be invited to cast a vote on how they liked the pumpkin recipes in the Veggiecation Ballot Boxes.


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