Thursday, September 5, 2013

Rec&Ed = nutrition for kids? Why, yes!

This summer we teamed up with Chartwells (AAPS Food Service) to offer healthy eating snacks and lessons to many of our campers! 

SLI Campers at the Farmers' Market
Thanks to our $100,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health, we incorporated lots of nutrition information and healthy snacks into the Summer Learning Institute and Rec&Ed afternoon camp. Our camp staff were trained in the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) nutrition curriculum -- a national best practice curriculum designed for children in after school programs. Campers walked to the Kerrytown farmers' market and shopped for snack foods. 

See pics and read about our smoothie demos for Summer Learning Institute students here

Our last-week-of-summer tradition at Green Adventures Camp is an "Incredible Edible Harvest" theme. Campers learn all about organic farming, bee-keeping, and how to harvest and prepare food. They work with Chartwells staff members in the big Pioneer kitchen to cook up some delicious entrees and snacks.  See photos and more here

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  1. This is such a great way to teach and reach students about health and nutrition. Using the opportunities and resources that are available under our noses are sometimes overlooked (and grant money doesn't hurt!). With a country going out of control with obesity, the more we can teach children about it, the better. Thanks for putting the education into the recreation!

  2. Thanks so much for the links to the AAPS News stories about the nutrition programs this year! It's really been fun to cover them! The kids are always really interested in what they're learning, and both Rec&Ed and Chartwells staff are always fun and enthusiastic.
    -Tara Cavanaugh