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The Garden State Community Kitchen Gears Up For A Fun, Educational And Healthy Summer Program
The Garden State Community Kitchen Gears Up For A Fun, Educational And Healthy Summer Program With New Jersey Kids Beginning Tuesday, July 5th - Friday, August 26th, 2016 at the Sand Hills Community Wellness Center in Kendall Park.
By: Sand Hills Community Wellness Center
Childhood obesity is a serious, growing epidemic, which has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. These alarming statistics remind families the importance of embracing a healthier lifestyle in order to create habits that will prevent diseases, obesity, and may help to reverse pre-diabetes or Type II Diabetes.
Providing farm-to-table education for children and families in The Garden State, this inspirational organization's philosophy is that change cannot be expected by focusing on one aspect of "healthy eating". In order to affect sustainable change to one's diet and lifestyle, education on all aspects of food, mind, and body must come together.
During the 2015 Summer Program, GSCK kids prepared over 100 wholesome dishes. When participants were not busy in the kitchen, they could be found engaging in other activities such as learning the power of mindfulness with yoga instructor, April Lawicki, meeting animal guests or watching a baby chick hatch from an egg, enjoying hands-on science experiments, or planting and harvesting a variety of fruits and veggies in the garden.
"We had such a successful turnout in 2015 and we're confident this summer's program will be just that and so much more!" states GSCK Founder, Allison O'Brien.
Last year, children had the opportunity to cook for a community event with the Mayor sponsored by Stop n Shop. GSCK is planning on having another community event similar to this in August, along with taking their annual trip to the Terhune's Just Peachy Festival, where children serve up to 1,000 residents their peach creations. Allison also will have two interns along side of her this year to help with kitchen and garden components; a CIA Spring 2017 student and a Rutgers Cook student.
"It's the philosophy of our organization that by including children of all ages and using fun, hands-on educational techniques, that our lessons may begin to resonate and may be incorporated into the lives of our children more effortlessly,"
A graduate from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, Allison's journey while fulfilling her education in Northern California gave her all the experience, knowledge and natural cooking techniques she needed to return home to New Jersey and truly make a difference. Allison along with her Board of Directors formed The Garden State Community Kitchen, which officially launched in May of 2013.
Learn more and apply Today: http://www.thegardenstatecommunitykitchen.org/
About The Garden State Community Kitchen: The GSCK is a NJ non-profit organization offering farm-to-table educational programming for children and families in The Garden State. Our mission is to educate and support motivated youth residents and family members of Central New Jersey who want to focus on forming healthier habits. These habits, when formed early, lead to healthy minds, bodies, practices, and lifestyles--these habits provide disease prevention, obesity prevention, and may help to reverse prediabetes or Type II Diabetes. We welcome to our locations all folks, of all ages, of all cultural backgrounds, who all share in one aspect: a commitment to eating, deliciously, for health. Learn more at: http://www.thegardenstatecommunitykitchen.org.