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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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#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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Our Shop Healthy Summer

EATWISE Shop Healthy

EATWISE Summer interns display freshly organized produce baskets.

This summer our EATWISE interns partnered with the DOH’s Shop Healthy initiative. They went to bodegas in the Hunts Point neighborhood in the Bronx and assisted in making small changes that would both encourage and make it easier for New Yorkers who shop at those stores to make healthy choices. These changes included placing fresh fruits and vegetables at the front of the store, removing ads for tobacco, alcohol and sugar sweetened beverages, moving water so it was eye-level in the drink coolers and advertising healthy lunch specials, which included a sandwich on whole-wheat bread, fruit and a bottle of water. This is what a couple of our interns had to say about the experience.

 

By Christel Solomon and Aubrey Allen

 

This was our first summer working with Shop Healthy and it was an amazing experience! It felt as if we made a difference one step at a time. Even though not every change we made was big, they made a big difference to the community because we helped to make healthy produce more available.

 

We went into Shop Healthy expecting that we would have a hard time working with the store owners, since we were just kids who wanted to make changes in their stores. We didn’t know what the outcome would be, but in end it was very successful and the store owners were very excited and also cooperative with us in helping to accomplish our mission of making it easier for their customers to make healthy shopping choices.

 

We had tons of fun with our fellow interns moving the water up to eye level, putting up price tags for the produce, decorating and arranging the fruit to make the healthy options more eye catching. It wasn’t always easy to convince the store owner to move items, such as moving the water up so that is the first thing people see, but by working together we were able to come to an agreement. When we told the store owners that making these changes would help their community and increase their store profits they were eager to make the changes we suggested.

 

Shop Healthy has been an outstanding experience and it felt as if we were giving back to the community. The changes we made in the bodegas brought us back to what we have learned in our EATWISE internship and through Change One Thing, eat more fruit and vegetables, choose whole grains over refined grains and drink water. Even though the changes were small, we made a major change for the community.

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Spotlight: Validus Preparatory High School , Bronx

Validus Prep, a small high school of about 350 students in the Claremont section of the Bronx, has been an over-achiever for years in the EATWISE program. They’ve done it again this year, with the introduction of an internship class, which has provided our EATWISE intern for this year. The class, led by Ms. Perez, aims to get teens active in their communities and professional settings. The school also partners with Outward Bound (their full school name is Validus Preparatory High School: An Expeditionary Learning School) which supports getting students out into the great outdoors. Their PSAL double dutch team is one of the best in the city!  Over the years, Validus has supported all sorts of initiatives to help their students and families live healthier lives, including distributing fresh produce through the school. Many thanks to the school, Deyla, Moneia, Mariama, Zhamedra, Maria, and Chasity for their hard work over the years!
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