Ambassadors

The EATWISE Experience

By Shawna-Gay
EATWISE Intern
August 23, 2016

From a very young age, I’ve always asked myself: “What is the purpose of summer”? As I grew older, I came to the realization that it’s about taking a break from working hard in school and, most importantly, a way to spend quality time with your family and learn a lot about yourself outside of the classroom.

At the same time, I’ve never enjoyed summer.  All I did was sit at home and watch TV, wishing I had more stimulation.  I couldn’t wait for school to return. It wasn’t until this summer that EATWISE changed the way I view summer. EATWISE allowed me to grow from an introverted student to an optimistic, outgoing young lady, who isn’t afraid to get lost and find her way back around New York City.

EATWISE gave me the best summer I’ve had thus far. It has been a life-changing experience for many of us. It gave us the opportunity to try new things and step out of our comfort zones. Learning about food justice, poverty, nutrition, and health gave a purpose to my summer.
Shawna-Gay is an EATWISE (Educated and Aware Teens Who Inspire Smart Eating) Intern, part of Food Bank For New York City’s teen nutrition education program.

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Keke Palmer and Brook Lopez Team Up for ‘Change One Thing Back-to-School’ Tour

FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY TEAMED UP WITH BROADWAY’S KEKE PALMER AND BROOKLYN NETS ALL-STAR BROOK LOPEZ TO “CHANGE ONE THING” FOR STUDENTS

Opportunity Charter School Students Pledge to Live Healthier and Focus on Nutrition

Food Bank For New York City held a nutrition education summit for teens in Harlem on Tuesday, September 23, with surprise celebrity guests Keke Palmer, TV host and first African-American star of the Broadway show “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and Brook Lopez, NBA All-Star center for the Brooklyn Nets. The event was in support of Food Bank For New York City’s Change One Thing initiative, a social campaign that aims to guide teens toward healthier choices by changing just one thing in their diet at a time.

“Through the Change One Thing initiative, Food Bank For New York City is able to successfully communicate with New York City students about the importance of healthy eating and the impact of positive choices in dietary selections,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank for New York City. “With the support of high-profile celebrities such as Keke Palmer and Brook Lopez, students can better relate to the message and understand that good nutrition is truly a lifelong goal.”

Held at the Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, roughly 25 students were preselected to attend based on their enrollment in the Opportunity Charter School’s culinary program, demonstrating a passion for maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. During the event, celebrities shared their healthy eating tips, and students made a pledge to commit to live healthier by making one healthy choice at a time.

In early September, Food Bank For New York City launched the Change One Thing Back-to-School Tour, a social awareness and marketing campaign that helps guide teens toward healthier choices without breaking their budget or radically changing their diet. Students will learn about important topics like sports nutrition, super foods, how to avoid diet-related diseases, and more.

Additional information about Food Bank For New York City and Change One Thing can be found at www.foodbanknyc.org. Continue the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @FoodBank4NYC and hashtags #ChangeOneThing and #EATWISE.

Special Guests Included:
KeKe Palmer (“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”)
Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets)
Max Hardy (Celebrity Chef)

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My Experience as a Teen Ambassador

by Nicole
I’ve had a great experience so far as an ambassador of Food Bank For New York City. It seems funny to call myself an ambassador, but essentially that’s what I am. So far, I’ve been involved in a variety of different projects. One of them, which I think is the most important, is teaching. My partner Bella and I go to different sites and teach teens like us about the six lessons involved in EATWISE. At one site, we covered the lesson of MyPlate (Lesson One), which is an overview of what’s to come from the program. We taught the kids the difference between processed and whole foods, how companies advertise unhealthy products to influence buyers, and more. The class seemed pretty responsive and engaged. I’ve also participated in ShopHealthy. In this program we do makeovers at bodegas to hopefully influence shoppers to eat healthier. I also work on the Change One Thing Truck, which educates the public—especially teens—about healthier alternatives they can make in their daily lives. Overall, I am learning a lot about healthy living, and enjoying myself at the same time. I don’t think I could have a better job.

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#ChangeOneThing Popcorn Trail Mix

 

By Cat and Abby

The #ChangeOneThing popcorn trail mix is a flavorful treat that combines healthy ingredients to form a delicious snack. Because of its protein packed nuts and organic dried fruits, this trail mix is a great source of nutrients that your body needs. Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it’s family friendly and you can make it in minutes. With the popcorn in the mix, this healthy recipe is also appealing to kids, helping them to eat healthy whole grains without realizing it. If you have allergies or don’t like something in this mix, you can easily substitute all ingredients.  This recipe is a delicious and nutritious easy snack for any time of day.

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Ingredients (serves 4-6):

  • 1 large bag pre-popped popcorn (4.4oz)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2/3 cup raw, unsalted almonds
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apricots

Instructions:

  1. Sprinkle popcorn with cinnamon, tossing to coat evenly.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cranberries and apricots. Mix well.
  3. Toss the nut, seed and fruit mixture with the popcorn.
  4. Divide evenly among 4-6 snack sized bowls.
  5. Enjoy!
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