CookShop for Teens (or EATWISE: Educated and Aware Teens Who Inspire Smart Eating) is a free nutrition education program developed with teens, for teens empowering them to make smart food choices for themselves and promote healthy dietary habits in others at home, among their peers and within their communities.

Meet The AMBASSADORS

  • Chris Canty
    Chris Canty
    NFL Defensive End, Baltimore Ravens
  • Chef Max Hardy
    Chef Max Hardy
    Private Chef & Entrepreneur
  • Abby
    Abby
  • Niree
    Niree
  • Catriona
    Catriona
  • Numasetou
    Numasetou
  • Bella
    Bella
  • Melissa
    Melissa
  • Ray
    Ray
  • Nicole
    Nicole
  • Mary
    Mary
  • Kiara
    Kiara
  • Halima
    Halima
  • Fatumata
    Fatumata
  • Deborah
    Deborah
  • Alexxis
    Alexxis
Chris Canty
NFL Defensive End, Baltimore Ravens

Change One Thing Celebrity Ambassador Chris Canty has teamed up with Food Bank For New York City to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits. The Baltimore Ravens defensive end – and Bronx native – visited the Change One Thing truck to make popcorn trail mix with EATWISE teens and talk to Bronx teens about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

 

In The News

  • DNAinfo: Ex-Giant Chris Canty Returns to The Bronx to Promote Healthy Eating… Read more
  • EPOCH TIMES: Food Organizations Emphasize Healthy Eating… Read more
  • News 12 The Bronx: Baltimore Raven Chris Canty visits P.S. 43 to promote reading… Read more
  • NY Daily News: Bronx native Chris Canty tackles teen eating habits at Mullaly Park… Read more
Chef Max Hardy
Private Chef & Entrepreneur

Chef Max Hardy is the personal chef to Amar’e Stoudemire from the New York Knicks and his family. He and Amar’e have a cookbook set to release June 2014 called Cooking with Amar’e – 100 Easy Recipes for Pros and Rookies in the Kitchen.

Chef Max began his culinary experience in the Culinary Arts Program at Wharton High School in Tampa, FL. Working under the program’s Executive Chef, Edward Bujarski, Chef Max began catering events in the Tampa community. Recognized for his exceptional culinary skills and his talent on and off the basketball court, Chef Max was awarded a scholarship to attend Johnson & Wales University in Miami, FL.

Chef Max Miami, Chef Max’s a catering company, specializing in a range of recipes of American, Asian, Caribbean, French, and Kosher cuisine. Proving to be a success, Chef Max has been able to train and employ a number of chefs between Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. Chef Max’s clientele including award winning Hip Hop and R&B artists, actors, professional athletes, and dignitaries like the Prince of Dubai and Prime Minister of Turks and Caicos.

Outside the kitchen, Chef Max created Chef Max Designs, a chef apparel line that gives a modern style to classic chef ware.

Chef Max is also philanthropist and founder of the foundation One Chef Can 86 Hunger (www.onechefcan86hunger.org). One Chef Can 86 Hunger is a not-for-profit organization that works toward raising awareness of the hunger epidemic in America. The Foundation is also committed to bringing culinary arts to inner city communities through its culinary programs and scholarships to the next generation of young chefs. His personally designed culinary program with Opportunity Charter School in Harlem is the basis for the class where he teaches the students both culinary and life skills.

With the help of its board and supporters, One Chef Can 86 Hunger has been working to raise funds to support our commitment to educating people about the hunger crisis in America and offering not only healthier but cost effective alternatives. The Foundation has also been able to introduce culinary arts to communities through its programming with schools and community centers; in addition to lectures and panel discussions, giving students practical and fundamental knowledge of the wonderful world of culinary arts.

January 2014, Chef Max competed in The Food Network’s Chopped and has been featured in Bon Appétit, Essence Magazine and NBC’s thegrio.com, New York Post, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show. His hard work and persistence has been the key to him reaching his success. Chef Max continues to excel in culinary arts and has no desire to stop–hoping that with each dish he creates, people will be able to “taste his dedication to excellence in every bite.”

For additional information on Chef Max Hardy please visit www.chefmaxhardy.com.

Featured Recipes

Abby

Favorite (healthy!) food: Strawberries

Favorite (healthy!) habit: Dancing

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE?
I learned about what the colors of fruits and vegetables mean and how they help your body.

Story: While Catriona and I were in a class teaching about whole and processed foods, one of the students, who usually sits in the back and doesn’t pay attention, raised his hand and asked a question about our lesson. He seemed really interested and, to me, that was a great moment.

Additional Info: I am a freshman from Staten Island who found EATWISE through my school and now share nutrition
information with my friends and family.

Niree

Favorite (healthy!) food: Raw veggie salad

Favorite (healthy!) habit: Eating brown rice instead of white

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE?
How brown sugar has nutirents added back that are removed from white sugar!

Benefits of EATWISE: I changed my diet from being in EATWISE and I have lost 10 lbs since starting the program!

Story: I taught the softball team at my school and they changed their diets and invested in a juicer for the school

Catriona

Favorite (healthy!) food: Strawberries

Favorite (healthy!) habit: Swimming, Dancing

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE?
I have learned how to make quick, easy and healthy snacks thanks to EATWISE.

Additional Info: I am a freshman and I love to sing, dance, act and swim. I plan to intern at EATWISE for the next four years because I love it!

Numasetou

Favorite (Healthy!) food: Carrots

Favorite (Healthy!) habit: Drinking water every day

How will you Change One Thing? I will choose one thing that is unhealthy and substitute it with something that is healthy.

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE? I learned in the six types of nutrients you need to stay healthy.

Bella

Favorite (Healthy!) food: Celery with hummus

Favorite (Healthy!) habit: Drinking water with lemon

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How will you Change One Thing? Instead of eating chips I’ll have my favorite fruits and vegetables.

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE? I learned when a person cooks with a plant that has seeds, it can be considered a vegetable, otherwise it is botanically a fruit.

Benefits of EATWISE: I want to become a pediatrician.

Melissa

Favorite (Healthy!) food: Strawberries

Favorite (Healthy!) habit: Drinking water

How will you Change One Thing? By eating less junk food and trying to eat healthier foods.

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE? EATWISE has taught me that being healthy doesn’t mean you need to change your whole lifestyle. A small change can make a big difference. I plan to #ChangeOneThing by eating less junk food and trying to eat healthier foods!

Ray

Favorite (Healthy!) food: Broccoli

Favorite (Healthy!) habit: Working out

How will you Change One Thing? I’ll drink water instead of drinking soda.

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE? I learned that most Americans can’t get enough Vitamin D from their daily meals.

Additional Info: I came from China and I’ve been in the U.S. for a year and a half, so this would be a great opportunity for me to learn English.

Nicole

Favorite (Healthy!) food: Grapes

Favorite (Healthy!) habit: Running

How will you Change One Thing? I will drink more water instead of sugary drinks.

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE? I learned that if an ingredient or word on the nutrition label ends in “ose,” it’s a sugar.

Mary

Favorite (Healthy!) food: Plantain with beans

Favorite (Healthy!) habit: Eating healthier by changing one unhealthy meal, like adding fruit

How will you Change One Thing? I’ll refer to MyPlate, the USDA food guide, and learn more about the essential nutrients needed to fuel my body.

Kiara

Favorite (Healthy!) food: Celery with peanut butter

Favorite (Healthy!) habit: Playing sports

How will you Change One Thing? Eat less bread!

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE? I learned various ways to eat healthy that don’t— taste bad.

Additional Info: I like to read in my free time. I also like to try new things.

Halima

Favorite (Healthy!) food: Whole grain cereal with strawberries

Favorite (Healthy!) habit: Jogging

How will you Change One Thing? Instead of eating sugary popsicles, I‘ll try fruit bars.

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE? Changing one thing in your diet can impact your healthy eating habits.

Fatumata

Favorite (Healthy!) food: Apples

Favorite (Healthy!) habit: Jumping rope

How will you Change One Thing? I will limit the amount of juice I drink in a day from two bottles to one.

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE? I learned how to make a fizzy drink. And it’s healthier than soda because it contains less sugar.

Deborah

Favorite (Healthy!) food: Brown rice with mixed vegetables

Favorite (Healthy!) habit: Drinking water instead of soda

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE? I learned about the benefits of eating less processed food or no processed food at all.

Benefits of EATWISE: Eating healthy food is fun.

Alexxis

Favorite (healthy!) food: Sweet Potatoes

Favorite (healthy!) habit: Exercise or Dance

What is one thing you learned in EATWISE?
Some foods that I believed were healthy actually were not healthy!

About EATWISE

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CookShop for Teens (or EATWISE: Educated and Aware Teens Who Inspire Smart Eating) is a free nutrition education program developed with teens, for teens empowering them to make smart food choices for themselves and promote healthy dietary habits in others at home, among their peers and within their communities. EATWISE gives teens the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about what they eat and drink and trains them to help others through education and social media initiatives.

Become an EATWISE Peer Educator will help you:

  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Increase knowledge of food and nutrition issues.
  • Become educated about healthy eating, food systems and peer education.
  • Improve your eating habits and those of your families and friends.
  • Increase your physical activity.

As an ambassador you will:

  • Become comfortable with public speaking and problem solving.
  • Work with teachers and school staff to conduct in-class lessons in their high schools.
  • Attend a comprehensive training to become well-versed in nutrition concepts and information.
  • Serve as a Change One Thing ambassador to provide specific action steps that peers can apply to their lives.
  • Serve as a Food Bank For New York City ambassador and able to speak on the Food Bank services.

Are you interested in becoming an EATWISE Teen Ambassador? Please fill out the form below.

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Are you interested in bringing EATWISE to your school?  Please fill out the form below and a member of Food Bank’s CookShop team will contact you.

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Teens like me need EATWISE because it’s a fun program that helps inform teens on what are the best healthy foods to eat.
Nicole

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