Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps Holds Special Cooking Workshop With Celebrity Chef Jesse Jones at North Bergen High School – April 5

Posted 04/04/2011 | By HealthCorps

NEW YORK, NY– April 4, 2011 — HealthCorps®, a proactive health movement with an in-school educational and mentoring program in 11 states, including three New Jersey schools, announces a special visit from Chef Jesse Jones to North Bergen High School. Chef Jones will lead a special cooking workshop for the Teen Battle Chef nutritional cooking program, an interactive component of HealthCorps’ curriculum.

WHAT: Chef Jesse Jones, honored as the Ultimate Chef of Bergen County 2010, will teach HealthCorps students in the Teen Battle Chef program students how to prepare some of his special recipes, how to modify a recipe and how to best present a dish.

The Teen Battle Chef program, which features cookoffs among teams of students, teaches teens to prepare gourmet dishes using whole foods and international recipes. The initiative, established in all 41 HealthCorps schools around the country, was founded by Family Cook Productions to help students develop culinary skills and nutrition knowledge that they share with family, friends and the greater community.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 2010, from 3:30-5:30pm. Press Photo and Video Opportunities. Media should arrive by 3 p.m. to register.

WHERE: North Bergen High School, 7417 Kennedy Boulevard, North Bergen, NJ 07047 – Room 103, Home Economics Foods lab

WHO: A native of Newark, Chef Jesse grew up in Snow Hill, North Carolina. He entered the food business as an assistant to the Chefs of ARA Services where he worked for 15 years and ultimately became director of food services. He pursued business studies while undergoing training with Master Chef Dennis Foy of Dennis Foy’s Town Square in Chatham. Chef Jesse eventually opened his own restaurant, Heart and Soul Restaurant Catering, and hopes to enter the media world with an eponymous cooking show.

Coordinator Hannah Cohen carries out the HealthCorps program at North Bergen High School. Administering HealthCorps’ curriculum on nutrition, fitness and mental resilience, she teaches classes; organizes after school programs, including Teen Battle Chef; organizes special initiatives for faculty, school staff and parents; and extends messaging to the community through relationships with other non-profit groups.

About HealthCorps
HealthCorps’ core mission is to fight child obesity by empowering teens and communities to become health agents of change to enhance the health of their environments and to help the country reach the tipping point towards wellness now and for the future. HealthCorps is focused on three priorities – educating the student body®; achieving community outreach through “Fit Town™” – an initiative to connect and activate citizens and organizations to bring about change through local projects and initiatives; and advocating for policy shifts across all levels of government that put health and physical education back into the core curriculum of the American education system. The program network spans 41 schools in 11 states. The HealthCorps Board of Directors includes medical practitioners such as Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Brian Wansink (Cornell), Dr. David Katz (Yale University), Dr. Michael Roizen (Cleveland Clinic), Dr. John Ratey (Harvard), Dr. Laura Berman and many other renown health experts. HealthCorps is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization. For more information, please visitwww.healthcorps.org.

About FamilyCook Productions and Teen Battle Chef
Teen Battle Chef is a youth development program exploring culinary, nutrition, food systems and gardening education. Developed by FamilyCook Productions founder and author Lynn Fredericks, Teen Battle Chef is conducted as part of HealthCorps’ in-school program on nutrition, fitness and mental resilience. Teen Battle Chef empowers youth 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. The evidence-basedcurriculum is designed to be implemented by school or community group staff to combat the growing obesity problem in youth.

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