HealthCorps Teen Battle Chef Showdown at Whole Foods Market – Saturday, April 2, 2011
NEW YORK, NY– March 29, 2011 — HealthCorps®, a proactive health movement with an in-school educational and mentoring program in 11 states, including three New Jersey schools, announces a Teen Battle Chef Showdown at Whole Foods Market in Paramus, New Jersey.
The cooking competition, showcasing the skills of HealthCorps high school students, features Family Cook Productions’ Teen Battle Chef nutritional cooking program, now established as part of the HealthCorps curriculum. Two teams of students will present their skills in cooking two of the program’s recipes with a ‘secret ingredient’ supplied as a challenge by Whole Foods Market. A panel of judges will rate their efforts.
WHAT: The Teen Battle Chef Showdown involves two teams of students from Central High School in Newark and North Bergen High School. As active participants in the Teen Battle Chef program since the start of the school year, the students have developed culinary skills and nutrition knowledge that they will showcase at the Showdown. The event also represents an opportunity for the young chefs to give back to their community by demonstrating their cooking skills and sharing healthy recipes with family, friends and the greater community. The teams will be judged on a variety of criteria: knife skills, food safety, organization, taste and presentation.
WHERE: Whole Foods Market, 300 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ 07652
WHEN: Saturday, April 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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-based curriculum is designed to be implemented by school or community group staff to combat the growing obesity problem in youth.
Karen Johnson, HealthCorps® Director of Communications
Phone: (212) 742-2875