Real Kids Real Food is a program by Eat to Thrive.

MISSION AND VALUES

  • To prevent obesity, chronic disease and malnutrition especially in children through education and advocacy of healthy living
  • To educate children and their families on the relationship between the food they eat and their overall health and wellness
  • To engage children in hands-on learning of growing, harvesting, and preparing their own fruits and vegetables
  • To provide a fun environment that includes physical exercise and emotional wellbeing
  • To make a difference one child at a time

We are now registering for the Fall 2020 program, which will begin Saturday, September 26- through November 21, 11AM-12PM (noon)EST for ages 3-18

In 2008, in reaction to the overwhelming statistics on childhood obesity and chronic illnesses, Betsy Bragg, Director of Eat to Thrive, launched Real Kids Real Food in the Boston area. Watch this short video to learn more abut Betsy and her mission.

 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Enhancing the Farm to School program, Real Kids Real Food offers an exciting virtual experience-based program for ages 3-18 designed around four components: 1) preparing recipes and the benefits of healthy foods; 2) emotional wellbeing: chronic stress prevention and intervention; 3) disease prevention such as obesity, diabetes, and
cardiovascular disease; and 4) integrating these components with climate change and actions that can be taken to make a difference. Real Kids Real Food is taught by a certified health instructor with the support of many university interns in public health and/or education.

HEALTHY EATING COMPONENT

  • Hands-on, integrated, and effective educational activities, short quizzes, and weekly reflections and the introduction of new recipes including the nutritional benefits of the ingredients
  • Empowerment of children to make nutritious choices
  • Opportunities for older children to experience reading nutritional labels and shopping within a reasonable budget
  • Development of healthy habits such as washing hands and preparing fruits and vegetables
  • Education of parents regarding healthy and affordable grocery shopping techniques
  • Provision of recipe ingredients to be delivered FREE of charge to those facing food insecurity, thanks to donations

EMOTIONAL WELLBEING COMPONENT

  • Expanding knowledge and implementation of physical activities
  • Aerobic instruction, skits and games
  • Discussions and reflecting
  • Promoting positive body image
  • Mindfulness

DISEASE PREVENTION COMPONENT

  • Infrastructure and/or policy work
  • Food/nutrition programming
  • Physical activity
  • Promoting healthy after-school snacks and healthy parent potlucks

CLIMATE CHANGE COMPONENT

  • Integrating the above components with current environmental issues
  • Discovering the various causes and global effects of climate change, including how food choices and access impact the environment
  • Discussions addressing environmental justice and ways to be an agent of change in your community