O.C.E.A.N. in Schools Nutrition Education Program
The United States is facing an epidemic in childhood obesity. At The Bennett Foundation, it is one of our goals to help tackle this issue by empowering children and their families to live healthier lives. That is why we created an after school nutrition education program called O.C.E.A.N. In Schools. Our program empowers children to make healthy lifestyle options. We provide age-appropriate nutrition education that helps with the adoption of healthy food choices that directly contribute to the improved health and well-being of students. Each student gets to have a cookbook of their own.
We just had our final event of our 8-week program at South Shore PK-8 School in Seattle, WA. It was a huge success! Our final night allowed our kids to “teach back” to show their families what they learned. We had 60 parents and students join! The students made guacamole and salsa for the taco bar, cut up a fruit salad, and made lava cake! One of the parents came in to help make salsa with the kids. We had a dinner in a family-style to promote the idea of eating as a family and we talked about good alternatives to sugary drinks, like hibiscus lemonade! Several parents have told us that their students have already been using the cookbooks at home to help cook for the family! Fried rice has been one of the favorites so far.
We are thrilled with the impact that this program has had and we look forward to opportunities in the future where we can help kids and their families live healthier, happier lives!