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Nov 25

Cooking With C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Fall 2016 Classes & Graduation

It feels like just yesterday when we welcomed nine families (33 participants) on the first day of class seven weeks ago to our Cooking with C.H.O.I.C.E.S. classes.  Parents and kids were excited as they hustled and bustled into our kitchen patiently awaiting the moment they would prepare their first family meals. Once the families were settled in we took a moment to share our community garden where we grow some amazing food.

 

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Class began with Chef Ashley & Chef Brandon teaching students cooking safety, proper handling of knives and the importance of making everyone’s safety a top priority.

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

Families were in for a real treat and seven weeks flew by extremely fast.

 

Week One: The kids learned how to make Cheesy Hamburger Skillet in their very first cooking class. This is an amazing healthy alternative to Hamburger Helper and allows families to create a healthy meal while having fun and learning the importance of using fresh ingredients.

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

Week Two: The kids, along with Chef Ashley, created Mexican Lasagna.  We took a survey of the families to see how many loved lasagna so needless to say they were excited to create a similar dish using ingredients that many of us have in our pantry.  Who would have thought that you could whip up a delicious meal that the entire family will love so easily?

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

Week Three: The kids took a trip to our garden to grab a few fresh ingredients and observe our newest additions and were amazed at how the crops had blossomed since their last trip.  They were in for a treat because this was the week to prepare Chicken Ratatouille.  The kids were a bit skeptical because all they could think of was the famous movie, Ratatouille but, once they started prepping and getting into the cooking the entire kitchen smelled amazing. The kids instantly fell in love upon first taste!

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

Are you ready to see what the kids learned on Week Four?  Beef & Been Chili, Tomato Soup and Red, White & Green Grilled Cheese!  Yummy!  Right?  We had an amazing time in class.  Chef Ashley taught the kids how to prepare a chili starter and how to complete the chili.  The excitement of adding a twist to your average grilled cheese sandwich was the highlight of the evening.  In case you’re wondering Chef Ashley added fresh spinach.  Can you say, “delicious”?  The families had the opportunity after class to go on a mini shopping trip with some of the food we had for them.

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

Throughout the classes nutrition specialist students come in to educate both the parents and kids on the importance of proportion eating, taking advantage of exercise and eating nutritious healthy snacks.

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

On Week Five Celebrity Chef Idris joined the kids and taught them how to prepare Herb Crusted Chicken Breast & Fall Roasted Vegetables.  It was a treat for the kids to have the opportunity to interact with Chef Idris. They had a great time as he guided them step by step to creating a super easy yet yummy meal.  He even showed them how to “Dress The Plate”.

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

 

The Sixth Week was a field trip to our local grocery store.  Families gathered at the front of the store with Myia Clay from the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. team and Kris Favers with Amerigroup RealSolutions to learn about the importance of proportion eating.  Myia allocated $12 for families to shop, create a meal for their family, and share their meals online.

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

 

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

Week Seven!   Graduation and an amazing feast!  We’re so sad to say our final goodbyes to our wonderful families.

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

Want to learn more?  Click here:  COOKING WITH C.H.O.I.C.E.S.

 

Congratulation to our Fall 2016 Graduating Class!

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

"Cooking with Choices" "Healthy Eating" "Kid Chef" "Gardening" "CHOICES"

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 18

Fulton County leaders urge healthier eating in March

South Metro Neighbor

Fulton County leaders urge healthier eating in March

From left, Reggie Morgan, 7, Radiance Morgan, 9, and Adiamon Heath, 10, all children of Regina Morgan of Decatur, prepare to serve dinner at the Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center

With longer days and better weather, many residents are already making healthy choices towards more outdoor activity.

And according to experts, March is the right time to transition from heavy winter clothing and heavy winter meals to lighter – and perhaps, tastier – options available to home chefs.

The Fulton County Partnerships to Improve Community Health program has initiatives under way “to provide greater access to – and varieties of – healthy food and beverage options for residents,” according to county Department of Health and Wellness spokeswoman Sonja Steptoe.

Its nutrition-related activities include working with the nonprofit Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.choicesforkids.org/fulton-county-leaders-urge-healthier-eating-march/

Feb 18

Launch of the Pollack Family Foundation

Pollack Family Foundation logoESPN COLLEGE FOOTBALL ANALYST DAVID POLLACK AND HIS WIFE LINDSEY OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE POLLACK FAMILY FOUNDATION

THE POLLACK FAMILY FOUNDATION WILL PARTNER WITH TWO ATLANTA-BASED CHARITIES: STRONG4LIFE AND C.H.O.I.C.E.S.

Atlanta, GA (February 17, 2016) – Former NFL player, University of Georgia Alum and current ESPN college football analyst David Pollack along with his wife, Lindsey, officially announced today the launch of the Pollack Family Foundation. David and Lindsey created the Pollack Family Foundation on three pillars, “Whole. Life. Health.” with the mission towards raising awareness against childhood obesity. The first pillar, “Whole”, is meant to represent each person through complete physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health. The second pillar, “Life”, represents a sense of vibrancy and energy in each person by not only emphasizing diet and exercise but also of “life-giving” through faith. The last pillar, “Health”, represents creating a lifestyle of excellent nutrition by taking care of our bodies and viewing them as a gift from above. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 01

Childhood Obesity Awareness Day Proclamation

Governor Deal Childhood Obesity Day Proclamation 092615

Childhood Obesity Awareness Day Proclamation

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Aug 31

September? Really?

How is it already September?  At C.H.O.I.C.E.S, we love what we do and we run on high speed all of the time so days pass quickly around here.

September 1st kicks off National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and we’ll put extra effort into raising awareness every day in September because, as you know, we think its super important.

Follow along on Facebook and Twitter.  We’re planning to post recipes, fitness tips, important statistics, C.H.O.I.C.E.S. activities and our community partner activities.

Apple ClipArtSee you tomorrow!

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