Within the first year of its launch, the Food for Life Kids program has successfully delivered the important message of healthy eating to over 700 children and their parents! Commonpoint Queens is excited to be one of the first homes for this initiative, implementing lessons at our Beacon Program at M.S. 216 with the help of Besa Martini.
Besa wrote the following guest blog post for us, further discussing the program and it’s positive benefits:
The health problems faced by our youth today are unlike any in the past. Poor diet and lack of exercise put today’s children at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer later in life. A foundation for healthy eating at a young age is needed to lessen the risk for chronic diseases.
In the Food for Life Kids classes, the curriculum highlights the positives of the four food groups (whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables) in the Power Plate. Children ages 9-14 are exposed to the great taste and health benefits of eating a plant-based diet through kid-friendly recipes approved by PCRM’s staff of dietitians. The curriculum aims to empower children with the knowledge and skills they need to establish healthy habits to carry them well into adulthood.
FEATURED CLASS TOPICS AND OBJECTIVES
Learn the important role diet plays in the cancer process.
In-Betweener Meals and Sweeter Deals
Identify the new four food groups using the Power Plate and understand the role of dietary fat, cholesterol, and fiber for overall health.
Understand the importance of eating a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Digging These Dinners
Recognize plant-based foods that are full of protein, calcium, and iron.
PRAISE FOR THE PROGRAM
“The kids loved the presentation. They seemed to gain a new appreciation for healthy foods. The samples were also a huge hit. I heard about how great they were for the next week!”
—Kim Graham, Professional School Counselor at KIPP DC, Washington, DC
“I had a great time in class and it was a great way to become aware of ways to prevent cancer! The food was delicious! I came home and made the green smoothies for my friends!”
—Zoe I., Student, Bethesda, MD
I believe that teaching kids how to eat the right food is so important especially in this age and they can build the habit that cooking can be fun.