We offer open enrollment for our winter 2021
Real Kids Real Food program via Zoom on Saturdays, January 30th to April 3rd.

We currently provide 3 sessions:

  •  3-6  at 11-12 PM EST

  • 7-8 at 11-12 PM EST

  • 9-12 at 1-2 PM EST

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.

See Real Kids Real Food in Action:

Kids’ Testimonials

We don’t want you to take our word for it that this program is life-changing. Here we have included some testimonials from kids who have participated in Real Kids Real Food talking about what they liked most and what they will remember from the program.

This recipe is so good! It’s really healthy and quick to make!

Alice, age 12

Mmm, it’s yummy!

Patrick, age 7

Applesauce quote:

“The applesauce looks really good!”

Dante, age 12

I love this cooking class.

Mateo, age 8

“Thank you so much for teaching us all of this”

Massimo, age 9

I loved everything about camp equally. One interesting thing I learned is that there is such a thing as “good” fat.

Léyana, age 11

My favorite part of camp was the games. I also liked learning how to make healthy recipes.

Mandy, age ?

My favorite parts of camp were the recipes and the games.

Allison, age 9

My favorite parts of camp were the meditation and mindfulness exercises and the games. One thing I learned that I’ll remember is that you’re supposed to eat 25 grams of fiber per day.

Roya, age 10



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.


  • 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


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


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


  • 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