The Watertown Public Schools has joined with local partners to promote healthy eating and cooking, and will present a healthy cooking workshop with live demonstrations and tastings, plus activities for kids.
Parents are invited to participate in presentations from WPS Food Service Director, Garden Coordinator, ChopChop, Live Well Watertown, and Metrowest Nutrition, 0n Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m in the cafeteria at Lowell Elementary School, 175 Orchard St..
ChopChop sent out the following information:
ChopChop Kids, the non-profit behind ChopChop: The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families has joined forces with Watertown Savings Bank and the Watertown Wellness Committee to promote healthy eating and cooking in the town of Watertown. ChopChop will be distributed to all elementary school students in the Watertown Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition, each issue includes lesson plans for teachers to use ChopChop in the classroom.
“The bank is pleased to be able to support this program,” said Carole Katz, VP of Marketing at Watertown Savings Bank. “We know how challenging it can be to get kids to eat right sometimes. ChopChop introduces a lot of fun ideas for eating healthy.”
To reinforce healthy eating and cooking at home throughout the school year, ChopChop will partner with the Wellness Committee, elementary school principals, registered dieticians from Metrowest Nutrition, Food Service Director Stephen Marshall, the Garden Coordinator Judy Fallows and local health organization Live Well Watertown to host a host a series of parent nutrition workshops. These events will feature cooking demonstrations, healthy eating presentations and food tastings.
“Recent student survey data revealed that students are not consuming recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables. Through the collaboration with ChopChop and expert wellness professionals, we plan to provide students and families with resources and programs that will improve healthy eating”, said Donna Ruseckas, Director of Wellness and Extended Services.
“Our goal is get the entire town cooking at home,” said Sally Sampson, Founder and President of ChopChop and Watertown resident. “Studies show there are numerous health benefits when you cook real food and what better to do that than to have kids lead the way? We believe that teaching children to cook sets them up for a lifetime of wellness.”