CHANGEONETHING

Teaching Kids the Facts About Sugar

By Annie

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Last week, the EATWISE interns went to the Monterey Community Center to teach the youth there about sugar and its place in a healthy diet. My co-leader Melissa and I had the incredible opportunity to give the lesson, portions of which  appeared on the news!

For one of the activities, we handed out small cups and sugar packets. The cups were labeled with the names of different beverages and foods, as well as the number of teaspoons of sugar each item contained. We asked the participants to pour the correct amount of sugar into each cup and then had them line up in order, based on whose cup held the least amount of sugar.

We explained the difference between natural sugars, which are found naturally in fruit, milk and some vegetables, and added sugars, which are found in most processed foods. A big part of our lesson was the comparison of an orange to “100% orange juice” and an ”orange-flavored drink.” The children quickly understood as we discussed why an orange was far healthier than orange-flavored drink.

When asked why sugar from the orange was better than sugar from a soft drink, we explained how natural sugar is paired with essential vitamins and fiber, while added sugar is often found in food and beverages that have little to no nutritional value.

Afterward, we played a game called “Go, Slow, Woah.” ”Go” foods can be eaten in any amount, because they are whole foods. ”Slow” foods are minimally processed and should not be eaten as often as whole foods. ”Woah” foods are highly processed and should be eaten as little as possible. The participants were mostly correct when they categorized each food or drink, stumbling on only a few that were reasonably tricky.  After the lesson, we helped provide a meal to the youth at the community center, handing out packed lunches prepared by Chef Max Hardy. When we  had to say goodbye, everyone was excited to take pictures and sad to see us go. It felt great to inspire our peers to eat healthy foods and look out for natural sugar.

 

Annie is an Ambassadors for EATWISE (Educated and Aware Teens Who Inspire Smart Eating), a Food Bank for New York City nutrition education program.

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NFL Star Chris Canty Helps Food Bank Kick Off Change One Thing

By Niree, Tatyana and Felicity

This week, EATWISE (Educated and Aware Teens Who Inspire Smart Eating), a Food Bank For New York City nutrition education program that inspires teens to make healthy food choices, partnered with the Chris Canty Foundation to kick off Food Bank’s Change One Thing campaign with a fun event at the Chris Canty Camp of Champions.

Food Bank For New York City Kicks Off EATWISE And Change One Thing Summer Nutrition Awareness Programs For Teens At Chris Canty Camp Of Champions

Chris and other NFL players led children through football drills to help them learn about physical fitness and the EATWISE team spoke to them about staying hydrated. Did you know that your body is 60% water? Drinking plenty of water when playing a sport or being active on a daily basis is important because it prevents you from becoming dehydrated.

 

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29:  Food Bank For New York City kicks off EATWISE, it's summer nutrition awareness program for teens with NFL superstar and Food Bank ambassador Chris Canty at his Camp Of Champions attended by EATWISE teen ambassadors at George Washington High School Field on June 29, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Food Bank Of New York City)

To help keep the kids hydrated during the event, the EATWISE team handed out water bottles. With the help of Chef Max Hardy, we also provided a very nutritious meal for all the camp participants.

It was exciting to see how many young children are interested in sports, especially football. Everyone had a great time. All the EATWISE ambassadors are super excited to work with EATWISE this summer and help kids #ChangeOneThing to be healthier—like staying hydrated!

 

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29:  Food Bank For New York City kicks off EATWISE, it's summer nutrition awareness program for teens with NFL superstar and Food Bank ambassador Chris Canty at his Camp Of Champions attended by EATWISE teen ambassadors at George Washington High School Field on June 29, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Food Bank Of New York City)

Niree, Tatyana and Felicity are Ambassadors for EATWISE (Educated and Aware Teens Who Inspire Smart Eating), a Food Bank for New York City nutrition education program.

 

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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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