Lisa Oz, HealthCorps®, the California Walnut Board, and The International Culinary Center Present Healthy Breakfast Competition at Cliffside Park High School

Posted 09/23/2013 | By HealthCorps

September 24, 2013

Rachel Tennenbaum, (212) 742-2875

Tanya Henry, (415) 225-2146

Lisa Oz, HealthCorps®, the California Walnut Board, and The International Culinary Center

Present Healthy Breakfast Competition at Cliffside Park High School

New York, NY – Today, HealthCorps® with its co-founder Lisa Oz, the California Walnut Board, and The International Culinary Center, present a Healthy Breakfast Competition at Cliffside Park High School, in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. The event is to celebrate the achievements of Cliffside alumna Ariel Martinez and introduce current students to the importance of a nutritious breakfast and the fun of cooking.

“Engaging students in healthy cooking and eating habits is an important first step toward creating healthy habits for a lifetime,” said Lisa Oz, Cliffside, NJ resident and co-founder of HealthCorps. “When you make nutrition education fun, students are more likely to share it with their friends and families.”

In an effort to help provide healthier food choices to Americans, the California Walnut Board underwrote a culinary scholarship for one graduating student within the HealthCorps program who was committed to taking what they had learned about healthy food preparation and nutrition and effectively sharing that knowledge with others. The scholarship was awarded to Ariel Martinez who distinguished herself in culinary arts and graduated from Cliffside in June 2012. Martinez has recently graduated (June 2013) from the prestigious International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York where she completed the Classic Culinary Arts plus Farm-to-Table curriculum. Martinez is now working at the luxury Winvian Resort in Morris, Connecticut and fulfilling her dream of improving food service menus.

Martinez returns to Cliffside today where two teams, comprised of students from Cliffside Park High School’s advanced culinary program, will compete in a healthy breakfast cook-off. Lisa Oz will moderate the competition in which Martinez will lead one team and compete against another team led by her ICC Chef-Instructor Jeff Butler. Each student team will develop, cook, and serve a tasty breakfast recipe incorporating walnuts. The teams’ recipes will be evaluated by their peers for taste, originality, use of the featured ingredient, and ease of preparation.

“The California walnut industry is dedicated to nutrition education and sharing the many versatile and delicious ways to incorporate walnuts into menus. It is a pleasure to follow Ariel’s journey into the culinary arts,” said Jennifer Olmstead, Marketing Director, Domestic, of the California Walnut Board.


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 three-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. 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 62 schools in 13 states 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. By 2015, HealthCorps hopes to have a presence in 100 schools. You can follow HealthCorps on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthcorps and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthCorps.

CONTACTRachel Tennenbaum, (212) 742-2875, rachel.tennenbaum@healthcorps.org

About the California Walnut Board

The California walnut industry is made up of more than 4,000 growers and more than 80 handlers (processors). The Walnut Marketing Board was established in 1948 to represent the walnut growers and handlers of California. In April 2008, the Walnut Marketing Board became the California Walnut Board to provide origin designation to the product it represents.  The Board is funded by mandatory assessments of the handlers. The CWB is governed by a Federal Walnut Marketing Order. The Board promotes usage of walnuts in the United States through publicity and educational programs, and also provides funding for walnut production and post-harvest research.

For more information, please visit www.walnuts.org.

Or follow Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/CaWalnuts; Twitter:  http://twitter.com/CaWalnuts

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CONTACT:  Torme Lauricella Public Relations (415) 956-1791 – Tanya Henry tanya@torme.com or Jennifer Plant jplant@torme.com

Media resources available:  Expert interviews, high resolution photography, walnuts b-roll, recipes.

About The International Culinary Center

The International Culinary Center, founded as The French Culinary Institute by Dorothy Cann Hamilton in 1984, is the world’s leading culinary center for education. With campuses in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, The International Culinary Center is a culinary incubator with cutting-edge curriculums, from serious amateur and recreational classes to unmatched six-month career programs, including farm-to-table and culinary technology curriculums as well as study abroad programs to France, Italy and Spain, which produce world-class graduates that advance the industry. Its multimillion-dollar kitchens and classrooms provide the very best environment for aspiring chefs and culinary enthusiasts to develop successful careers. For more information, visit www.culinarycenter.com.

CONTACTMaggie Campbell, Phone (646) 254-8552, mcampbell@culinarycenter.com

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