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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 | Author:

Chef Demo 2-5-13 4Throughout the months of February and March of 2013, Aramark Chef, Jeff Powell, conducted three chef demonstrations at International Charter School (ICS) in Pawtucket, RI. This is a unique opportunity in Aramark K-12 education to not only introduce the students to new and healthy menu items, but also to show students how the food is prepared as well as an educational segment explaining the ingredients and what health benefits are associated with each ingredient. The first chef demonstration featured “Teriyaki Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry.” At first the students did not want to try something new, but after Chef Jeff explained that tofu is commonly eaten by vegetarians for protein to build strong muscles the students were lining up at the table to try a sample. A few days after the demonstration, we spoke with a parent visiting during lunchtime, who explained that her son had come home from school the other day and told her that the tofu at school was the best he had ever tasted! The second chef demonstration featured “Twisted Chicken Quesadillas.” These “twisted” quesadillas featured a secret ingredient, sweet potato. Chef Jeff explained to students that sweet potatoes are full of antioxidants and help keep your body healthy. The third chef demonstration featured “Falafel with Hummus and Cucumber Ranch on Flatbread.” At the second and third chef demonstration the students recognized Chef Jeff, asked him educated questions and took notes, were eager to sample the other new menu items, and many students asked for seconds! Students stated that they would order the new menu items in the future. In the coming weeks and months students are encouraged to order these new menu items. The Aramark chef demonstrations at ICS have proven to successfully introduce the students to new foods, and exposure to the nutritional benefits of eating these foods so that they might go home and share their new knowledge with their family.

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Tuesday, March 05th, 2013 | Author:

“Is Your Hair Made Of Donuts?”

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A Healthy Ceremony and  read aloud with Mayor Diossa  will be held at Ella Risk School on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:00am.  Third graders will perform  Healthy Eating Activities, Mayor Diossa will read “Is Your Hair Made of Donuts” and Dr. Procaccini will be available for questions.

 

In honor of this celebration, Aramark will be providing a special healthy menu for all Central Falls Students. Volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be reading at Calcutt, Veterans, and Roberson Schools. This event recognizes March as National Nutrition Month.

Healthy refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

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Tuesday, March 05th, 2013 | Author:

R.C. LaPerche School to participate in the

“Is Your Hair Made Of Donuts?” Statewide Read on March 11th

 

“Over 75,000 students at more than 200 schools, libraries, youth programs, and health centers throughout Rhode Island will participate in the Statewide Read event of RI author Joy Feldman’s children’s book, “Is Your Hair Made Of Donuts?” on March 11th, 2013 (March 12, 2013 in Warwick).  The event recognizes March as National Nutrition Month and Feldman says, “this is an act of solidarity on behalf of the health of our children.  With the addition of celebrity readers, we have created a unique event of synergy in celebrating good food and good health for our children, and for ourselves”.                                                                                

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            The objective of the campaign is to educate children on the importance of healthy eating, motivate children to celebrate their health, and to create a community of readers who will advocate for optimal childhood health.

            The story will be read during lunch periods that day. “Is Your Hair Made Of Donuts?” is a fun and imaginative story that helps children learn the importance of healthy food choices to help build a healthy body.  The book speaks to children ages 4 – 10 to help them learn that there is a major construction project going on that lasts for a lifetime.

            Our Aramark Food Services Director, Genevieve Ciullo, has also planned a special fruit and veggie salad as part of the lunch menu that day to fit the “My Plate” nutrition model that illustrates new national nutrition guidelines.  Children will also receive a “My Plate” coloring sheet to help reinforce this nutrition lesson.

            Please encourage your child to participate by ordering school lunch on Monday, March 11th.                                

            Please contact Marylyn Sepe or Barbara Furtado with any questions about our school program. You can also request more information at ISYOURHAIRMADEOFDONUTS.COM – JOYFELDMAN.COM

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Monday, March 04th, 2013 | Author:

 

RI Author Joy Feldman joined by Governor Lincoln Chafee, 

RI Board of Education Chairman, Eva Mancuso, 

 Local Mayors, Celebrities, News Leaders and Teachers

To Read On March 11th & 12th To Over 75,000 Rhode Island Children for

National Nutrition Month

 

“Is Your Hair Made Of Donuts?” Statewide Read

 

Over 75,000 students at more than 200 schools, libraries, youth programs, and health centers throughout Rhode Island will participate in the Statewide Read event of RI author Joy Feldman’s children’s book, “Is Your Hair Made Of Donuts?” on March 11th, 2013 (March 12, 2013 in Warwick).  The event recognizes March as National Nutrition Month and Feldman says, “this is an act of solidarity on behalf of the health of our children.  With the addition of celebrity readers, we have created a unique event of synergy in celebrating good food and good health for our children, and for ourselves”.

 

Along with Governor Chaffee, Mayor Avedisian, Mayor Diossa, Mayor Fontaine, Mayor Fung, Mayor Grebien, Mayor Lombardi, Mayor Polisena, and Mayor Tavares, will be guest readers in their city’s schools. Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the RI Dept. of Health, NBC10’s reporter Molly O’Brien, State Capitol TV Host Dave Barber, Chief Medical Officer Renee Rulin, M.D. of UnitedHealthcare and Rep. Frank Ferri (Warwick), parents, faculty and others will participate.

 

Corporate sponsors are also joining to provide support, including books, healthy snacks and other support.  Participating are Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, Champion Juicers, Dr. Day Care, East Side Marketplace, Sodexo, UnitedHealthcare, United Natural Foods (UNFI), Walgreens, and Whole Foods Market. The Boys & Girls Club of East Providence is providing administrative support.

 

Joy Feldman, RI author and nutritional consultant reads in schools throughout the year, but wanted to broaden the program to create positive community energy in the smallest state in the country. Known for her trademark two-foot high donut hat, Feldman captures the attention of children, educators, leaders, and adults to deliver her powerful message of healthy eating, Feldman says, “In addition to calling attention to the ever-increasing childhood obesity epidemic, the statewide read demonstrates that are young people can be empowered to make healthier food choices for themselves, when they can.  I literally started to recruit schools one at a time, and I am exhilarated at the response, as well as grateful for the Governor, Chair of the Board of Education and the seven Rhode Island mayors and so many others taking the time to be with the children, sponsor the program, and create an event which can have a lasting impact as the entire country recognizes National Nutrition Month.

 

There is no cost to participate, with just one book needed for reading purposes.  Schools and programs have been adding to the program by recruiting their own readers, local companies to enhance the program, and more. Feldman is asking any school or group that would like to join on to the Statewide Read to register so their participation can be recorded.  They will receive a certificate of appreciation for their efforts.  More information, including registration information, is available at: www.isyourhairmadeofdonuts.com, or emailing author Joy Feldman directly at joy@joyfeldman.com.

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