A Musical Message for Children on Healthy Eating

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A May 6 New York Times article looks at creative and fun ways to address nutritional challenges among urban youth. A Children’s Aid competition called “Iron Go!Chefs,” part of our Go!Healthy initiative, was one of the featured programs in a column by personal health writer Jane Brody.

Every year, elementary and middle school groups from our various schools and centers come together for this cooking competition, battling their peers for the coveted titles of “best tasting” and “healthiest dish.” Students create original recipes that include one non-meat protein, two veggies and fruits of different colors, and one whole grain, and cook it live for a panel of expert judges. They also prepare for a “Nutrition Bee,” during which they are quizzed on the nutrition concepts.

With childhood obesity on the rise, it is important to instill long lasting healthy eating habits in our youth. According to studies, our Go!Healthy initiative is proven to both improve eating habits and increase nutritional awareness among participants.