RIDGEWOOD, N.J., March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Camden City Public School's Health and Physical Education Department teamed up with HealthBarn® USA, based in Ridgewood, NJ to transform students into expert taste testers challenged to try broccoli, edamame, honeydew melon and more, many for the first time. Funding was made possible through a generous grant by Life in Sync, 501c3 during March, National Nutrition Month for students' pre-K through 8th grade.
According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Camden City has been designated a "food desert" lacking access to fresh fruits and vegetables for residents. "Although we cannot choose the foods our students receive at home, we can provide opportunities here at school to expose them to healthier options," stated Racquel Barnes, Health and Physical Education teacher and Wellness Chair, H.B. Wilson Family School, Camden City, NJ. "Programs like HealthBarn USA's "Try It" assemblies aid in exposing our students to a variety of healthy foods through a fun and interactive educational experience. The more our students are exposed, the easier it becomes for them to make healthy choices," added Racquel Barnes, the liaison for the Camden schools.
HealthBarn USA assemblies have reached over 50,000 students since 2006. "Every child deserves the opportunity to eat healthy," stated Stacey Antine, MS, RDN, founder, HealthBarn USA and author, Appetite for Life. "We are excited to provide a variety of fresh foods and smoothies to empower the Camden school community to demand better choices for a healthier future," added Antine.
During the month of March, over 2,000 students grades Pre-K through 8 will be participating in Try It assemblies at Camden City Elementary and Family Schools fully funded by Life in Sync, 501c3, Wyomissing, PA. Upcoming assemblies will be held March 22 and 23, 2017.
HealthBarn USA founded in 2005 by Appetite for Life author, Stacey Antine, MS, RDN, is a leader in proven healthy-lifestyle education for children and their families. The goal of HealthBarn USA is to empower children families to confidently take ownership of their health, for more information please visit www.healthbarnusa.com.
Julia Sharkey Buckley, MS, RDN
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