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Charlotte area HealthCorps High Schools – West Mecklenburg and Garinger High Schools – Compete in Teen Battle Chef Showdown

Posted 05/03/2013 | By HealthCorps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2013

CONTACT:
Rachel Tennenbaum
Phone: 212-742-2875

rachel.tennenbaum@healthcorps.org

Charlotte area HealthCorps High Schools – West Mecklenburg and Garinger High Schools – Compete in Teen Battle Chef Showdown

New York, NY – HealthCorps, a national non-profit co-founded by Dr. Oz and his wife Lisa to combat the childhood obesity crisis, will host a regional Teen Battle Chef (TBC) cooking competition on May 8th, 2013 in Charlotte, NC. The annual event will bring together 2 teams of HealthCorps high school students from West Mecklenburg High School and Garinger High School in competition to cook and plate a healthy meal. Teams will then present their dish to a judge’s panel while discussing the recipe’s origin and how their substitutions have enhanced the meal’s nutritional make up.

The first annual regional cook-off is the culmination of the 8-week TBC program, an after- school cooking class offered through HealthCorps. Together, TBC and HealthCorps teach students culinary, leadership and presentation skills.

Date: May 8, 2013
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: 7th Street Market (located on ground floor of 7th Street Station parking deck

224 East 7th Street Charlotte, NC 28202

About Teen Battle Chef

Teen Battle Chef (TBC) is a partnership with HealthCorps and Family Cook Productions Youth Development Program exploring culinary, food systems and gardening education, while battling obesity and chronic disease.

TBC youth are empowered to challenge themselves on a skills level while practicing being part of team effort. Young people develop leadership, teamwork, and culinary skills as well as gain nutrition knowledge and a new appreciation for diverse, healthy and sustainably-produced food. Students discover how they can play a role to help their friends and family make healthier food choices.

Through HealthCorps, TBC is offered as an after-school program in our 66 high
schools. The eight-week program is open to all interested students, and culminates in a multiple team battle with school leadership, parents, local chefs, and elected officials often serving as judges.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps®, www.healthcorps.org, is a 501 (C) 3 co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the world-renowned cardiac surgeon and two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the two time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show”, and his wife, Lisa Oz, to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps® is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation, with the support from the 7th Street Public Market and Charlotte City Center Partners.

HealthCorps® “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps® Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character, and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers. HealthCorps® also serves as a unique research laboratory – exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps® is bringing many initiatives together to address the “Whole Child” and activate the students’ mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps® is transforming the educational paradigm one school at a time. The program network spans 66 schools in 14 states (including Maryland and Delaware) and the District of Columbia.

In the fall of 2012, HealthCorps introduced HealthCorps University, a new “train the trainer” professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school. Through HealthCorps University and the Coordinator program, HealthCorps hopes to have a presence in 100 schools by 2015.

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